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administer

ad·min·is·ter

administer

 
 
pronunciation:
d mI nih str
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part of speech: verb
inflections: administered, administering, administers
definition 1: to manage, take care of, or be in charge of.
The Girl Scout leader administers the troop.
synonyms:
direct, manage, run, supervise
similar words:
boss, execute, govern, head, lead, look after, rule, tend
definition 2: to give or dispense.
He administered the correct amount of medicine.
synonyms:
apply
similar words:
allot, bestow, deal, give, provide, ration, supply
definition 3: to serve or act in a helpful way; tend (usually followed by "to").
A nurse is supposed to administer to the needs of her patients.
synonyms:
minister
similar words:
aid, assist, help, serve, tend
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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