handle


handle

verb

Definition of HANDLE

1
to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently <as host of a live TV talk show, she must handle any situation that comes up>
Phrases come to grips with, have a grip on
Near Antonyms botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp
2
to behave toward in a stated way <handles all requests professionally, even when customers are rude>
Synonyms act (toward), be (to), deal (with), handle, serve, use
Related Words consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)
3
to control the mechanical operation of <learned how to handle basic woodworking power tools>
Synonyms handle, run, work
4
to look after and make decisions about <she takes care of the flower beds, and he handles all the lawn care>
5
to put up with (something painful or difficult) <I can't handle much more of this foul weather>
Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)
6
to be in charge of <I'll be handling the team's workouts while the leader is on vacation>

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