man·age | \ˈma-nij \
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 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 manage a bond issue manages a baseball team

2 : to work upon or try to alter for a purpose manage the press manage stress

3 : to succeed in accomplishing : contrive managed to escape from prison

4 : to direct the professional career of an agency that manages entertainers

intransitive verb

1a : to direct or carry on business or affairs also : to direct a baseball team

b : to admit of being carried on

2 : to achieve one's purpose He managed only by careful planning.



Definition of manage (Entry 2 of 2)

1a archaic : the action and paces of a trained riding horse

b : the schooling or handling of a horse

c : a riding school

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


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

Against the Nationals, Richards walked seven hitters in 3 2/3 innings but managed to surrender just two runs. Matthew Defranks,, "Preview: Phillies at Marlins, Saturday, 4:10 p.m.," 13 July 2018 He was signed a five-year, $42 million contract with the Eagles in 2015, but managed just 702 rushing yards on 193 carries (3.6 yards per carry) in an acrimonious year with then-coach Chip Kelly. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "DeMarco Murray announces retirement from NFL after seven seasons," 13 July 2018 The battle was one of several curious news items in the Mesozoic Era of the drive-in theater, which swept across the Bay Area in the early ’50s, but managed to all but miss San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub,, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Which goes a long way toward explaining why the real-estate scion still hasn’t managed to bring peace to the Middle East. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The CIA Still Doesn’t Trust Jared Kushner With Its Most Sensitive Intelligence," 13 July 2018 The wedding guest who was shot while waiting for an Uber outside of an Atlanta country club early Sunday manages restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area, ABC affiliate WJLA-TV reported. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Country club shooting victim ID’d as manager of several restaurants in D.C. area," 13 July 2018 There was no sight or sound of the thousands of people rallying against President Trump in central London during his wife’s visit, which her staff managed to largely keep secret to avoid the ire of demonstrators. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Throughout these events, Meghan's managed to single-handedly bring back the bateau neckline, do her own makeup (flawlessly, by the way) on the road, and face the intense public scrutiny over her every move. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Says Meghan Markle Is 'Doing Amazing' After Marrying Prince Harry," 13 July 2018 More: Jim Riggleman shows his own style of managing in interim role with Cincinnati Reds But Riggleman is reluctant to to take any credit for the turnaround. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds manager Jim Riggleman is reluctant to take credit for the team's turnaround," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The operators named in the suit manage: Atria Chandler Villas. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Undercover testers find discrimination at assisted-living, nursing facilities," 4 July 2018 Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has also turned the role down in favour of continuing the manage Belgian second tier side OH Leuven., "Ipswich Town Weigh Up Managerial Options as Attention Turns to Relegated Sunderland Boss," 26 Apr. 2018 The app collects data and provides coaching so people can better self manage, the company said. Meredith Cohn,, "WellDoc adds hypertension to diabetes management app," 9 July 2018 The pared down, sometimes minimal aesthetic manages to stay true to its look, yet always timeless and even on trend. Cindy Dampier,, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018 As devices reach into homes, cars and workplaces—and as apps manage friendships, banking, health care and more—the tech industry needs to deepen trust, Mr. Nadella said. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google Wants You to Get Off Your Phone Every Once in a While," 8 May 2018 Veterans’ Affairs: Includes funding for new oversight offices requested by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to protect whistleblowers and investigate poorly performing manages and cases of inferior patient care. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Massive spending bill spans thousands of pages, with programs that touch nearly every American," 22 Mar. 2018 But the 15-year-old did manage to pull out a cellphone camera, recording the belligerent woman and the poolside encounter that turned him into the latest victim of #LivingWhileBlack. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Police say woman screamed racial slurs and smacked a black teen at a pool. She lost her job.," 2 July 2018 And though that may not sound relaxing, Bill Hader (who stars as Barry), Henry Winkler (who plays his acting coach), and the rest of the cast manage to bring a sweetness that makes the whole thing almost heartwarming. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018

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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 1a

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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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 \
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 \
managed; managing

Medical Definition of manage 

: to conduct the management of poorly managed diabetes

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