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 The final option is aimed at those who did not manage to register to cast their vote from abroad, who cannot cross the border to vote in México or simply do not have a voter ID: Call family and friends in México and ask them to vote. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 What distinguishes dying companies from those that manage a turnaround, Minow said, is their failure to metabolize bad news. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 June 2021 Those organizations that manage and deliver unparalleled customer experiences have a strategic advantage in meeting those challenges and winning over customers in this rapidly evolving industry. Sudhir Agarwal, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The companies that manage the proceedings charge additional fees, and the arbitrators, or judge equivalents, bill for their time. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Economic research consistently finds that those who manage to get through additional training have better-paying careers. New York Times, 30 May 2021 United States soldiers who manage nuclear weapons need to memorize a ton of security procedures. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 29 May 2021 That means confronting the instigator, creating a distraction to defuse the situation, removing the victim, and alerting someone with greater authority who can manage the situation. Colleen Murphy,, 27 May 2021 The office will focus on its advice businesses, including its personal adviser services, which manage $231 billion. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Striking a balance between quality and value is something that many of the top brands struggle with, which is why Google’s new Pixel Buds A-Series manage to stand out in an increasingly crowded field. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 3 June 2021 Due to medication abortion's safety record, Aiken said, the biggest risks to those who self-manage are not medical, but legal. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, 21 May 2021 Every sales leader needs a sales rep who is clear about deliverables and expectations on the job and also has the ability to self-manage and self-lead. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The cases were reported to the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System known as VAERS, which the CDC and FDA co-manage. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 The rubber is still overpowering, though bubblegum sweetness, floral elements like lavender and roses, and a leathery finish just about manage to squeeze in. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 How, then, did the British elite manage that first sustained extension in average life span? New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 23 Mar. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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