manage

1 of 2

verb

man·​age ˈma-nij How to pronounce manage (audio)
managed; managing

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.
2
a
: to direct or carry on business or affairs
also : to direct a baseball team
b
: to admit of being carried on

manage

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for manage

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Over the years that he’s been leading the team, Lawson’s managed the company through multiple comms situations, including the exits of top executives, major re-orgs, the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2023 writers and actors strikes. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 Owners of very small businesses can easily manage transaction tracking with a little training. Vlad Rusz, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The onetime real estate mogul now needs to materialize a mountain of cash — and quickly — while running a heated presidential campaign and managing legal fees in his four pending criminal cases. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 Merino wool — the key to all of the company’s gear — naturally regulates body temperature, manages moisture, resists odor, and is soft to the touch. Christina Liao, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 During a recent conference call with analysts, Prologis’ chief executive, Hamid Moghadam, said it’s always been difficult for retailers and wholesalers to correctly forecast demand and manage inventories. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 To some Disney execs, the party disaster was emblematic of Godwin’s at-times rocky tenure managing the news division. Lachlan Cartwright, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 Furthermore, personal insights, managing well-being, and leveraging support from friends and family are essential in maintaining motivation and focus throughout the study process. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 But Mayer still managed to triple Yahoo’s stock price and create more than $30 billion in shareholder wealth before selling company’s online operations to Verizon Communications in 2017. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2024
Noun
This simple main manages to be unfussy and indulgent, simple and extraordinary. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 But furry mammals like beavers and otters that spend most of their lives wet manage to avoid getting their fur slimy. Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 For whatever reason, there’s this perception that somehow the rich manage to reduce or eliminate taxes through some secret strategy that isn’t available to everyone else. Tracy Lownsberry, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 But sometimes the government officials charged with speaking to the press manage to enhance our public discourse with cogent communication. James Freeman, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2023 More than 140 countries have signed up as participants in the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s sprawling infrastructure development program, and China now owns, manages, or has invested in more than 100 ports in some 60 countries. Robert M. Gates, Foreign Affairs, 29 Sep. 2023 This not-trying-too-hard new-build manages to feel both timely and timeless. Rachel Barrett, Country Living, 5 Sep. 2023 Tatum and Brown don’t load manage and Tatum spoke to summer campers last month about the importance of playing in every game. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2023 The slim fit manages to make these cargo pants look tapered and elevated as well. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 28 July 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'manage.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

Noun

Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

First Known Use

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

Time Traveler
The first known use of manage was in 1561

Dictionary Entries Near manage

Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manage. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

manage

verb
man·​age
ˈman-ij
managed; managing
1
: to look after and make decisions about : direct
manage a factory
2
: to make and keep under one's control : handle
manages her skis well
skill in managing horses
3
: to treat with care : husband
there's enough food if it's managed well
4
: to succeed in one's purpose : get along
manages despite a heavy schedule
always manages to win somehow
5
: to work upon or try to alter for a purpose
manage stress
6
: to direct the professional career of
an agency managing performers
manageability
ˌman-ij-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
manageable
ˈman-ij-ə-bəl
adjective
Etymology

Verb

from Italian maneggiare "to handle, direct, manage," from mano "hand," from Latin manus "hand" — related to maneuver, manual, manufacture see Word History at maneuver

Medical Definition

manage

transitive verb
man·​age ˈman-ij How to pronounce manage (audio)
managed; managing
: to conduct the management of
poorly managed diabetes

More from Merriam-Webster on manage

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!