AskDefine | Define administration

Dictionary Definition



1 a method of tending to (especially business) matters [syn: disposal]
2 the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment" [syn: governance, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisation]
3 the act of administering medication [syn: giving medication]
4 the tenure of a president; "things were quiet during the Eisenhower administration" [syn: presidency, presidential term]

User Contributed Dictionary



From administracioun, administratio; compare French administration.


  • /ədˌmɪnəˈstɹeɪʃən/, /@d%mIn@"str\eIS@n/
    Rhymes with: -eɪʃǝn


  1. The act of administering; government of public affairs; the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office or employment; direction; management.
  2. A body who administers; the executive part of government; the persons collectively who are entrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain.
  3. The act of administering, or tendering something to another; dispensation; as, the administration of a medicine, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament.


the act of administering
  • Arabic: (’idāra)
  • Czech: správa
  • Dutch: administratie
  • German: Verwaltung
  • Japanese: 管理 (kanri)
  • Norwegian: administrasjon
  • Portuguese: administração
  • Sindhi:
  • Telugu: (nirvaahamu)నిర్వాహము
the executive part of government
  • Arabic: (’idārat tanfiðíyya)
  • Croatian: administracija
  • Dutch: bestuur
  • Finnish: johto, hallinto
  • German: Verwaltung
  • Japanese: 政権 (seiken); (office) 官庁 (kanchō); (school) 行政 (gyōsei)
  • Kurdish:
  • Maltese: amministrazzjoni
  • Norwegian: administrasjon
  • Portuguese: administração
  • Sindhi:
the act of administering or tendering something to another




Extensive Definition

Administration may refer to:
In business
In computing
In law
In medicine
In politics:
In academia:
administration in Breton: Melestradurezh
administration in Catalan: Administració
administration in Czech: Správa
administration in German: Management
administration in Spanish: Administración
administration in French: Administration
administration in Galician: Administración
administration in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Administration (disambiguation)
administration in Russian: Менеджмент (значения)
administration in Yiddish: אדמיניסטראציע

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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