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To give an oath, as to administer the oath of office to the president at the inauguration. To direct the transactions of business or government. Immigration laws are administered largely by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. To take care of affairs, as an executor administers the estate of a deceased person. To directly cause the ingestion of medications or poisons. To apply a court decree, enforce its provisions, or resolve disputes concerning its meaning.

School teachers generally are not authorized to administer medicines that pupils take to school, for example.

When divorced parents cannot agree on how to administer a visitation provision in a judgment granting Child Custody to one of them, they might have to return to court for clarification from the judge.


v. 1) to conduct the duties of a job or position. 2) particularly, to manage the affairs of the estate of a person who has died under supervision of the local court. 3) to give an oath, as in "administer the oath." (See: administrator, executor, probate)


(Conduct), verb administrate, carry out, control, direct, dispose of, effect, effectuate, enforce, govern, guide, handle, have executive charge of, manage, mastermind, minister, officiate, operate, overlook, oversee, pilot, prescribe, preside over, procurare, put in force, regulate, rem administrare, rempublicam gubernare, settle, steer, superintend, supervise
Associated concepts: administer a bankrupt's assets, adminnster an estate, administer the law


(Tender), verb accord, afford, bestow on, confer, deal out, disburse, dispense, disperse, distribute, dole out, extend, give, impart, issue, measure out, mete out, offer, procurare, provide with, render
Associated concepts: administer drugs, administer oaths
See also: allocate, allot, apportion, bestow, command, commit, conduct, confer, contribute, control, direct, disburse, discharge, discipline, dispense, disperse, disseminate, distribute, divide, dominate, drug, exercise, give, govern, handle, manage, mete, moderate, officiate, operate, overlook, oversee, parcel, perform, perpetrate, predominate, prescribe, preside, provide, regulate, resort, rule, superintend, supervise, supply

TO ADMINISTER, ADMINISTERING. The stat. 9 G. IV. c. 31, S. 11, enacts "that if any person unlawfully and maliciously shall administer, or attempt to administer to any person, or shall cause to be taken by any person any poison or other destructive things," &c. every such offender, &c. In a case which arose under this statute, it was decided that to constitute the act of administering the poison, it was not absolutely necessary there should have been a delivery to the party poisoned, but that if she took it from a place where it had been put for her by the defendant, and any part of it went into her stomach, it was an administering. 4 Carr. & Payne, 369; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 423; 1 Moody's C. C. 114; Carr. Crim. L. 23. Vide Attempt to Persuade.

TO ADMINISTER, trusts. To do some act in relation to an estate, such as none but the owner, or some one authorized by him or by the law, in case of his decease, could legally do. 1 Harr. Cond. Lo. R. 666.

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