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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Administer \Ad*min"is*ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Administered; p. pr. & vb. n. Administering.] [OE. aministren, OF. aministrer, F. administer, fr. L. administrare; ad + ministrare to serve. See Minister.] 1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state. [1913 Webster] For forms of government let fools contest: Whate'er is best administered is best. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament. [1913 Webster] [Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs. --Philips. [1913 Webster] Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc. [1913 Webster] A noxious drug had been administered to him. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. To tender, as an oath. [1913 Webster] Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. (Law) To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor. [1913 Webster] Syn: To manage; conduct; minister; supply; dispense; give out; distribute; furnish. [1913 Webster]