Re: administrate vs. administer

Subject: Re: administrate vs. administer
From: dmbrown -at- brown-inc -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 00:48:04 -0700

Wright, Lynne wrote:

We ended up siding with "administrate", presumably because we're talking
about "administrATors".

In the following excerpts, note that the *first* definitions are the one you falsely assume must dictate the use of "administrate":

administer (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, 1996)
v. t. ... 1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct
or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to
administer the government or the state.

administer (Princeton University's WordNet)
v 1: work in an administrative capacity; supervise; "administer
a program" [syn: administrate]

administer (
v. tr.
1. To have charge of; manage.

v. intr.
1. To manage as an administrator.

I don't think "I've always seen administer used in [other] contexts" is sufficient reason for choosing "administrate." Even a little quick research helps inform a decision.



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