ad·min·is·ter /ədˈmɪnəstɚ/ 及物動詞
Ad·min·is·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Administered p. pr. & vb. n. Administering.]
1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state.
For forms of government let fools contest:
Whate'er is best administered is best. --Pope.
2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament.
[Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs. --Philips.
Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known. --Macaulay.
3. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc.
A noxious drug had been administered to him. --Macaulay.
4. To tender, as an oath.
Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer. --Shak.
5. Law To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
Syn: -- To manage; conduct; minister; supply; dispense; give out; distribute; furnish.
Ad·min·is·ter, v. i.
1. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.
A fountain . . . administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place. --Spectator.
2. Law To perform the office of administrator; to act officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B.
Ad·min·is·ter, n. Administrator. [Obs.]
v 1: work in an administrative capacity; supervise; "administer a
program" [syn: administrate]
2: administer ritually; of church sacraments
3: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer
critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a
blow to someone" [syn: distribute, mete out, deal, parcel
out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish
out, allot, dole out]
4: give or apply (medications) [syn: dispense]