1. The act or process of administering, especially the management of a government or large institution.
2. The activity of a government or state in the exercise of its powers and duties.
3. often Administration
a. The executive branch of a government.
b. The group of people who manage or direct an institution, especially a school or college.
4. The term of office of an executive officer or body.
5. Law Management of a trust or estate.
6. The dispensing, applying, or tendering of something, such as an oath, a sacrament, or medicine.
ad·minis·tra′tive (-strā′tĭv, -strə-) adj.
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