Pronunciation: (ad-min'u-stur), [key]
1. to manage (affairs, a government, etc.); have executive charge of: to administer the law.
2. to bring into use or operation: to administer justice; to administer last rites.
3. to make application of; give: to administer medicine.
4. to supervise the formal taking of (an oath or the like).
5. Law.to manage or dispose of, as a decedent's estate by an executor or administrator or a trust estate by a trustee.
1. to contribute assistance; bring aid or supplies (usually fol. by to): to administer to the poor.
2. to perform the duties of an administrator: She administers quite effectively.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.