From Middle English admynistren, from Old French aminister, from Latin administrare (“to manage, execute”), from ad (“to”) + ministrare (“to attend, serve”), from minister (“servant”); see minister.
administer (third-person singular simple present administers, present participle administering, simple past and past participle administered)
- (transitive) To cause to ingest (a drug), either by openly offering or through deceit.
- (transitive) To apportion out.
- (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).
- (law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor.
- To tender, as an oath.
- (medicine) To give a drug to a patient, be it orally or by any other means.