administration ad‧min‧is‧tra‧tion [ədˌmɪnˈstreɪʆn] noun
1. [uncountable] COMMERCE the activities involved with managing and organizing the work of a company or organization:

• I want to spend my time on research and development rather than administration.

2. [uncountable] the part of a company or organization involved with managing and organizing its work:

• The job cuts will affect those in sales support and administration.

3. [countable usually singular] the government of a country at a particular time, especially in the United States:

• He said that the administration had created one million new jobs.

• The problem has been ignored by successive administrations.

4. [uncountable] LAW in Britain and some other countries, when a company in financial difficulty is reorganized by an outside specialist with the aim of continuing some of its activities so that it can avoid liquidation (= being broken up and sold):

• The company is currently in administration, but Mr Brown hopes that it will be possible to keep it going in some form.

• The parent companywent into administration in July with debts estimated at £50 million.

• The group should continue trading despite its financial problems, rather than be put into administration.

— see also bankruptcy, Chapter 11, liquidation, receivership

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administration UK US /ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən/ noun
[U] the activity of managing or dealing with a business activity: »

Administration of the scheme is costly in terms of time.


She studied business administration at New York University.

[C] the people who manage and control a large organization: »

Some foreign postal administrations, including Britain's and France's, have embraced the concept.


Will medical school administrations and faculty be happy to adopt a large increase in class size?

(also Administration) [C] GOVERNMENT the government of the United States or of some other countries: »

It seems like there's an effort to centralize authority in Washington more than there has been in prior administrations.


the Obama/Bush/Nixon Administration

[U] UK LAW a situation in which an independent administrator takes control of a company that cannot pay its debts in order to try to improve the company's financial situation and keep it operating: »

The company has gone into administration, which was required if any money was to be returned to creditors.


His business empire continues to trade and is not in administration.

Compare LIQUIDATION(Cf. ↑liquidation), RECEIVERSHIP(Cf. ↑receivership)
See also BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION(Cf. ↑business administration), THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION(Cf. ↑the Federal Aviation Administration)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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