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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her mom was just denied unemployment assistance after a months-long fight since losing her job helping manage an apartment building. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, "The US government approved trillions in aid. Many hard-hit families have yet to receive it.," 7 Apr. 2021 Others have single family residential properties and manage them on their own. Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes, "Warning To Adult Children With Impaired Aging Parents: Pay Attention To Their Real Estate," 6 Apr. 2021 The grants will go to Educate Texas, an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, that will manage the STEM programming. Tyler Carter, Dallas News, "Three Dallas-area school districts receive $4 million from the TI Foundation," 2 Apr. 2021 Some local jurisdictions will manage the state program but the eligiblity rules will be the same, said Russ Heimerich, spokesman for the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Need COVID rent relief in the Bay Area? Here's how tenants, landlords can apply," 30 Mar. 2021 Everything is about understanding the relative risk and then trying to gauge the risk and manage it for each family. Katia Hetter, CNN, "What to do if you're vaccinated but your kids aren't — Dr. Wen's advice," 25 Mar. 2021 Desper worries about how her family will manage once the utility shutoff moratorium lifts soon in Pennsylvania. Star Tribune, "Damage from virus: Utility bills overwhelm some households," 23 Mar. 2021 Outdoor- 3 camera kit Control your smart home – Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Maren Estrada, BGR, "10 deals on smart home devices that have Amazon shoppers flipping out," 22 Mar. 2021 The Pritzker administration acknowledges geographic disparities but said officials are doing their best to manage them. Joe Mahr,, "Who’s ahead in the Illinois vaccine race? Data shows downstate counties outpacing Chicago area.," 20 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hostage drama played out on the 10th floor of the Oklahoma County Detention Center – the area where the jail’s most difficult-to-manage detainees are housed, the newspaper previously reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Oklahoma detainees who held officer hostage were upset their drug operation was thwarted, jail boss says," 31 Mar. 2021 Even though the small dining rooms are offering only takeout for now, the servers handing over bags of food manage to personalize the experience. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 23 Mar. 2021 Village Engineer Darren Monico will take on new leadership roles within the Public Works Department, according to the post, and Brett Robinson – who had been a purchasing manage – is now the administrative services director. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Buffalo Grove puts new Public Works Department leadership in place," 29 Dec. 2020 Jon Gruden, a coach-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach again, and former NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, are coach and general manage of the Las Vegas Raiders, who at 7-6 are vying for a playoff spot. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions reportedly to interview ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for vacant GM job," 16 Dec. 2020 The hushed and meditative poems in this intensely lovely book manage somehow to feel simultaneously old-fashioned and cutting-edge. Washington Post, "Best poetry collections of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 The multicolor stripes on this outdoor rug manage to be eye-catching without being overwhelmingly busy. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "Ruggable released a bunch of new rugs this year—here are our favorites," 26 Oct. 2020 Experts are also seeing strain where robots and human manage to work side by side, as people struggle to adjust their patterns and behaviors. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 The past five months of lockdown have cast a spotlight on the problem, as white-collar workers with fast home internet manage to avoid the harshest consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s shelter-in-place mandates. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can San Francisco realize the dream of public internet?," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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8 Apr 2021

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English Language Learners 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)


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
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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