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administer

ad·min·is·ter

administer

 
pronunciation:
d mI nih str
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: administered, administering, administers
definition 1: to manage, execute, or be in charge of.
The United States administered Japan for some years after World War II.The Department of Agriculture administers the food stamp program.
synonyms:
direct, manage, oversee, run, superintend, supervise
similar words:
boss, engineer, execute, govern, head, lead, look after, rule, tend
definition 2: to bring into operation or use; implement.
The agency administered the new guidelines last month.
synonyms:
effectuate, execute, implement
similar words:
apply, carry out, prosecute
definition 3: to dispense or make application of.
The drug can only be administered by a physician.
synonyms:
apply, dispense
similar words:
allot, apportion, bestow, deal, disburse, give, mete out, provide, ration, supply
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to perform management duties.
synonyms:
manage
similar words:
boss, direct, govern, preside, rule
definition 2: to serve or act in a helpful manner; minister (usu. fol. by to).
The staff administered to all our needs.
synonyms:
attend, minister
similar words:
aid, assist, help, serve, tend
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The word administer contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
minist, minst Latin root that means serve, assist