Administrate or administer?

By Marina Pantcheva

Both administer and administrate mean “to manage or control the operation of something”. Administer is the commonly used word. Administrate is a word formed by removing the ending -tion from the noun administra-tion and adding to it the verbal ending -ate.

Some dictionaries do not list administrate as a word. To  be on the safe side, avoid administrate and use administer instead.


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