manage

verb
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 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.

manage

noun

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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Verb

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

People confirmed that Guerrero had managed to secure a visitor visa. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019 Shortly after announcing her exploratory committee, Warren hired Brendan Summers, who managed Sanders’ 2016 Iowa campaign. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020," 20 Feb. 2019 Props to the ever-impressive Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who has somehow, as one of the most famous women in the world, managed to slip completely under the radar and travel incognito to another continent without being spotted. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Is Celebrating Her Baby Shower in the Sweetest Way With BFF Jessica Mulroney in New York," 19 Feb. 2019 Julie Morgenstern is the author of Time to Parent, a book about the way that parents can manage their time. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The One Thing You Can Do to Make More Quality Time With Your Partner, According to an Expert," 14 Feb. 2019 There’s a good chance the slip managed to trigger the earthquake. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An Earthquake Shook Istanbul for 50 Days—And Almost No One Noticed," 12 Feb. 2019 As the busyness of New York Fashion Week continues, Italian designers Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio managed to gather their fashion family Thursday evening. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Attico Hosts a Feather-Filled Dinner in New York," 8 Feb. 2019 Sure, a candy bar at noon is the same as a candy bar at midnight, but interval eating can be helpful for people who have a difficult time managing boredom bites. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 That Roger had a change of heart a few days after parting with Claire and Jamie, and managed to find his way to River Run. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander's Season 4 Finale Will Leave You an Emotional Mess," 28 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This finding raises an evolutionary question: If humans generally find these traits repulsive and prefer not to mate with those who possess them, how did the dark triad manage to become so prevalent? Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 The recent attacks on Manigault-Newman manage to include all of these criticisms. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Trump calling Omarosa a “dog” isn’t just racist or sexist. It’s part of a pattern.," 14 Aug. 2018 Also breaking this evening in the midst of all of this drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, another big story manage to break through involving the future of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 2018 Despite having no finance background, the 50-year-old former headhunter reinvented himself as an offshore specialist helping manage hundreds of shell companies. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 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. SI.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of manage

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for manage

Verb

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

Noun

Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

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manage

verb

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)

manage

verb
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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