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verb man·age \ˈma-nij\

Simple Definition of manage

  • : to have control of (something, such as a business, department, sports team, etc.)

  • : to take care of and make decisions about (someone's time, money, etc.)

  • : to direct the professional career of (someone, such as an entertainer or athlete)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of manage


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to handle or direct with a degree of skill: as a :  to make and keep compliant <can't manage their child> b :  to treat with care :  husband <managed his resources carefully> c :  to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of <manage a business>

  3. 2 :  to work upon or try to alter for a purpose <manage the press> <manage stress>

  4. 3 :  to succeed in accomplishing :  contrive <managed to escape from prison>

  5. 4 :  to direct the professional career of <an agency that manages entertainers>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to direct or carry on business or affairs; also :  to direct a baseball team b :  to admit of being carried on

  8. 2 :  to achieve one's purpose

Examples of manage in a sentence

  1. The business is managed by the owner's daughter.

  2. The company is badly managed.

  3. When she managed the department, we never missed a deadline.

  4. He manages his own finances.

  5. an agency that manages entertainers

  6. He is skillful in managing horses.

  7. There's enough food if we manage it well.

  8. We need to do a better job of managing our natural resources.

Origin of manage

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

First Known Use: 1579

Synonym Discussion of manage

conduct, manage, control, direct mean to use one's powers to lead, guide, or dominate. conduct implies taking responsibility for the acts and achievements of a group <conducted negotiations>. manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result <manages a meat market>. control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course <controlling his appetite>. direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation <directs the store's day-to-day business>.

Rhymes with manage



noun man·age

Definition of manage

  1. 1 a archaic :  the action and paces of a trained riding horse b :  the schooling or handling of a horse c :  a riding school

  2. 2 obsolete :  management

Origin of manage

Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

First Known Use: circa 1587

MANAGE Defined for Kids


verb man·age \ˈma-nij\

Definition of manage for Students


  1. 1 :  to look after and make decisions about <manage money> <A local woman will manage the new hotel.>

  2. 2 :  to succeed in doing :  accomplish what is desired <Stanley still managed to hold the sack of jars in his left hand as he slowly moved up … — Louis Sachar, Holes>

manageable \ˈma-ni-jə-bəl\ adjective

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb man·age \ˈman-ij\

Medical Definition of manage

managed; managing

  1. :  to conduct the management of <poorly managed diabetes>

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