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

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 The automation enabled by virtualization reduces the number of people needed to manage the day-to-day operation, freeing engineers for development and innovation. Bejoy Pankajakshan, Forbes, 29 June 2022 In this sense, D.I.Y. furniture and little planes are much easier to manage. Kathryn Kvas, The New Yorker, 29 June 2022 Too often parents are unwilling to set behavioral limits for their children and expect the schools to manage that task. WSJ, 28 June 2022 Use it to break the reinforcing cycles of debt and climate crises burdening the Global South, which would then have more freedom to manage its own future. Rohan Montgomery, The New Republic, 26 June 2022 As such, the question of the best way to manage the West’s wild horses remains unanswered. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 Using job losses to manage inflation is arises from what economists know as the Sacrifice Ratio — ostensibly the relationship between unemployment and inflation. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Carleton Bowekaty, lieutenant governor of the Pueblo of Zuni tribe, said having the opportunity to manage the tribes' ancestral homes is the best avenue for restorative justice. Nicole Chavez, CNN, 22 June 2022 Now families that never had to think twice about fuel or food are struggling to manage three meals a day. Krishan Francis, ajc, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When a company has a rotten culture, sometimes the company pleads guilty and sometimes individuals do or are convicted, but the people calling the shots at the top of the pyramid manage to avoid any legal liability. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2022 Surprisingly enough, the set for the fictional hotel that Bella Ainsworth (played by Natascha McElhone) and her family manage was located about 400 miles east of Portofino, in Croatia. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2022 Huber went on the manage an unsuccessful campaign in 2020 against a voter initiative that ends party primaries and institutes ranked choice voting for general elections. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 How can a department with this edict manage to get focused on treating employees like customers? Dustin Snyder, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Unlike internal, long-term hires, freelancers generally don’t interpret your business needs, project-manage, solve business problems or consider marketing and SEO. Yec, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Oksana Horbach, the Invictus Games Ukraine team manage, will appear in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Netflix documentary Heart of Invictus. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2022 How would a team already struggling at 40+ hours per week manage to hit their milestones with eight fewer hours? Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 So, how exactly did the R1T manage to beat the Hummer, a truck that has 165 more horses and 292 more ft lbs of twist? Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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


transitive verb
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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