Pronunciation: (ad-min'u-stur),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.