What does the word administer mean?

Usage examples for administer

  1. As he informed the legislature of Upper Canada immediately after his arrival, in his anxiety to obtain its consent to the union, he had received " Her Majesty's commands to administer the government of these provinces in accordance with the well understood wishes and interests of the people." – Lord Elgin by John George Bourinot
  2. Called upon to administer the affairs of Germany, to govern Italy, to contend with the Papacy, and to settle by arms and treaties the great Oriental question of his days, Frederick, cosmopolitan from the cradle, was equal to the task. – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  3. He was also an experimental chemist on a small scale, and had made unto himself an electric machine, from which it was his greatest pleasure and glory to administer small shocks to any small boys who were rash enough to venture into his study. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes