Definitions of administer

to collect and distribute a deceased's (=dead person's) assets

The government plans to increase the number of people able to administer a small estate without having to use a solicitor.

to distribute or apply something

The Salvation Army receives government funding to administer social services.

to give medicine, poison or punishment

The state now seeks an order permitting the Bureau of Prisons to forcibly administer antipsychotic medication to him.