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.