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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.