manage

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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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
As the former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Trump's public appearances are managed by the Secret Service, which works with local law enforcement to develop security plans and crowd-management protocols. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 15 July 2024 The officer on duty happened to be a hiker and, between our rough Spanish and his better English, managed to give us directions to an area with perfect pinnacles of conglomerate rock. Olivia Jordan Cornelius, Outside Online, 15 July 2024
Noun
So how did a Shark Tank reject manage to build a billion-dollar company in five years? Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 25 June 2024 In a bid to claw back $2.15 billion, the struggling pharmaceutical giant Bayer CEO is doing away with middle managers and 99% of the company’s 1,362-page corporate handbook, allowing nearly 100,000 employees to self-manage. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 11 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for manage 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manage. Accessed 22 Jul. 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

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