Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
administer, fr. L.
ministrareto serve. See
To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of;
administerthe government or the state
For forms of government let fools contest:
Whate’er is best
Whate’er is best
To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute;
administertheir tepid, genial airs.
administeredwith an exactness and purity not before known.
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
To tender, as an oath.
Swear . . . to keep the oath that we
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.
To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister.
A fountain . . .
administersto the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place.
To perform the office of administrator; to act officially;
administersupon the estate of B
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To act as minister or chief agent, in managing public affairs, under laws or a constitution of government, as a king, president, or other supreme officer. it is used also of absolute monarchs, who rule not in subordination; but is more strictly applicable to limited monarchs and other supreme executive officers, and to governors, vice-roys, judges and the like, who are under the authority of laws. A king or a president administers the government or laws, when he executes them or carries them into effect. A judge administers the laws, when he applies them to particular cases or persons. In short, to administer is to direct the execution or application of laws.
2.To dispense, as to administer justice or the sacrament.
3.To afford, give or furnish; as, to administer relief, that is, to act as the agent. To administer medicine is to direct and cause it to be taken.
4.To give, as an oath; to cause to swear according to law.
1.To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to add something; as, a shade administers to our comfort.
2.To perform the office of administrator; as, A administers upon the estate of B.