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 reality is the state only provides enough funding for these employees — who administer medication, bathe and feed people and manage aggressive behavior — to earn minimum wage. Caitlin Mcglade, The Arizona Republic, "Group home residents are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates but an underfunded system sets them up for greater risk," 1 Aug. 2020 Yet some Black entrepreneurs manage to thrive despite indifference or hostility from Silicon Valley's biggest backers. Sherrell Dorsey, Wired, "These Black Founders Succeeded In Spite of Silicon Valley," 12 July 2020 Nonetheless, amid the pileup, Trump did manage to score some yardage. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: Trump is down, but not yet out," 11 July 2020 Despite the cooling effect of irrigation, 2012 did manage to narrowly surpass 1936 for the warmest July on record. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Relentless heat wave to bake the U.S. for "multiple weeks"," 10 July 2020 The department is in the process of hiring civilians to manage, review and redact footage the cameras capture, the release states. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD signs contract to begin body camera use program. Here's what we know.," 9 July 2020 Berrada companies manage about 8,000 rental units in Milwaukee, according to his attorney, Joe Goldberger. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee evictions up 26% in June as Berrada companies continue to be a force in eviction court," 4 July 2020 How best to manage California’s independence bids in the years ahead? Joe Mathews, Fortune, "The U.S. Constitution needs an overhaul. Here’s how California can help," 4 July 2020 Hanna and Erik manage to get inside the ultra-secret UTrax Regenesis facility, which houses the program Hanna had been taken from as a baby (by none other than Erik). Rachel Paige,, "Hanna Adds Some New Characters To The Mix In Season 2," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hotels Presidian manages are set up as standalone entities with different ownership structures, and applied separately, receiving a total of eight PPP loans, Leddy said. Madison Iszler,, "Historic hotel near San Antonio airport to undergo multimillion-dollar renovation," 19 May 2020 Theft: Chagrin Boulevard At 10:25 a.m. May 2, the store manage at Walgreen’s, 16400 Chagrin Blvd. cleveland, "Drunk woman passes out with daughter, 7, in car: Shaker Heights police blotter," 9 May 2020 Getting ahead of unexpected expenses Evaluate and risk manage. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Retirement: Managing unexpected expenses, an emergency fund," 19 Mar. 2020 How in the world did this or any film manage not to polarize the nation on sight? Ben Flanagan |, al, "Our favorite movies from 2019," 6 Feb. 2020 In New York, 10 Army medics or Air National Guard medical technicians assist with swabbing patients, while another 30 personnel manage tasks such as directing traffic at each site. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Governors use National Guard for coronavirus testing but need government help for test kits," 24 Apr. 2020 Even so, how did a party created to represent the working-class manage to lose so many working-class voters in its heartland to an Old Etonian member of the metropolitan elite such as Mr Johnson? The Economist, "Bagehot Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing defeat," 13 Dec. 2019 Remarkably, Congress did manage to pass a really robust expansion of unemployment benefits that will last for four months; but that will likely need to go longer, too. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "What the staggering spike in unemployment means for the American economy," 2 Apr. 2020 How did society manage to become so powerful, and remain so fragile? Joey Camire, Quartz, "Why quarantine can make you more creative," 21 Mar. 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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5 Aug 2020

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“Manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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