man·​age | \ ˈma-nij How to pronounce manage (audio) \
managed; managing

Definition of manage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to handle or direct with a degree of skill: such as
a : to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of manage a business manage a bond issue manages a baseball team
b : to treat with care : husband managed his resources carefully
c : to make and keep compliant can't manage their child
2 : to direct the professional career of an agency that manages entertainers
3 : to succeed in accomplishing : contrive managed to escape from prison
4 : to work upon or try to alter for a purpose manage the press manage stress

intransitive verb

1 : to achieve one's purpose He managed only by careful planning.
2a : to direct or carry on business or affairs also : to direct a baseball team
b : to admit of being carried on



Definition of manage (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of manage in a Sentence

Verb The business is managed by the owner's daughter. The company is badly managed. When she managed the department, we never missed a deadline. He manages his own finances. an agency that manages entertainers He is skillful in managing horses. There's enough food if we manage it well. We need to do a better job of managing our natural resources. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Executive orders are signed directives from the president, which don't require Congressional approval, that manage operations of the federal government. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 Qiao is followed by Matthew Gallo and Dominic Casanueva of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, who manage $1 billion and $5.4 billion in team assets respectively. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Hotels and the software companies behind the OpenTable-like systems that manage pool real estate say these reservations offer vacationers convenience and save them from having to circle the pool at 7 a.m. to nab a primo spot. Dawn Gilbertson, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Mitchell is seeking in a Texas court to block the entire preventive services mandate under the ACA without a trial, arguing it’s invalid because the government employees who manage the list have too much power to not be confirmed by the Senate. Erik Larson, Fortune, 26 July 2022 The recompense for those who can manage all this can be substantial. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 26 July 2022 Families that do manage to sit together often have to pay for the privilege, especially on low-cost flights that charge for seating reservations. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 19 July 2022 And for the older girls, Rothy's take the cake for being the comfiest and easiest to clean shoes that still manage to look incredibly stylish. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 19 July 2022 Executives have to be able to come into the office three days a week and directors and vice presidents who manage teams in New York can't work remotely full time. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 15 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This spectacular but easy-to-manage plant has huge leaves with delicate, lacelike edges. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 21 July 2022 The trend of arming employees with robust, timely data and feedback to self-manage is growing. Alexander Kvamme, Forbes, 5 May 2022 When a company has a rotten culture, sometimes the company pleads guilty and sometimes individuals do or are convicted, but the people calling the shots at the top of the pyramid manage to avoid any legal liability. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Surprisingly enough, the set for the fictional hotel that Bella Ainsworth (played by Natascha McElhone) and her family manage was located about 400 miles east of Portofino, in Croatia. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2022 Huber went on the manage an unsuccessful campaign in 2020 against a voter initiative that ends party primaries and institutes ranked choice voting for general elections. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 How can a department with this edict manage to get focused on treating employees like customers? Dustin Snyder, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Unlike internal, long-term hires, freelancers generally don’t interpret your business needs, project-manage, solve business problems or consider marketing and SEO. Yec, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Oksana Horbach, the Invictus Games Ukraine team manage, will appear in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix documentary Heart of Invictus. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of manage


1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

History and Etymology for manage


Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus


Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

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man·​age | \ ˈma-nij How to pronounce manage (audio) \
managed; managing

Kids Definition of manage

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

Other Words from manage

manageable \ ˈma-​ni-​jə-​bəl \ adjective


transitive verb
man·​age | \ ˈman-ij How to pronounce manage (audio) \
managed; managing

Medical Definition of manage

: to conduct the management of poorly managed diabetes

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