- administre (obsolete)
- (transitive) To cause to ingest (a drug), either by openly offering or through deceit.
- We administered the medicine to our dog by mixing it in his food.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 15, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- A noxious drug had been administered to him.
- (transitive) To apportion out, distribute.
- 1712 September 17, Joseph Addison, “SATURDAY, September 6, 1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 477; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, […], volume V, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
- A fountain […] administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- Justice was administered between man and man with an exactness and purity not before known.
- (transitive) To manage or supervise the conduct, performance or execution of; to govern or regulate the parameters for the conduct, performance or execution of; to work in an administrative capacity.
- (intransitive) To minister (to).
- administering to the sick
- (law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
- To give, as an oath.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- Swear […] to keep the oath that we administer.
- (medicine) To give a drug to a patient, be it orally or by any other means.
to cause to take by openly offering or through deceit
to work in an administrative capacity; to supervise
to minister to the sick
- administer in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- administer in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ad.miˈnis.ter/, [äd̪mɪˈnɪs̠t̪ɛr]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ad.miˈnis.ter/, [ɑd̪miˈnist̪ɛr]
Second-declension noun (nominative singular in -er).