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verb [transitive] administer pronunciation in American English /ədˈmɪnɪstər/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyadminister
he/she/itadministers
present participleadministering
past tenseadministered
past participleadministered
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  1. 1
    to be responsible for managing a company, organization, or institution
    The foundation was formed specifically to administer the project.
    1. a.
      to be responsible for making certain that something is done according to the rules
      We do our best to see that justice is administered fairly.
      It takes a lot of time to prepare, administer, and grade the tests.
  2. 2
    formal to give someone a drug or medical treatment
    The drugs are administered intravenously.
    1. a.
      to give someone a punishment
      He administered a sharp rebuke.

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