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 report found that Cuomo’s office had worked with Time’s Up at the outset to manage its response to the charges. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 19 Nov. 2021 After Zuckerberg’s 2018 congressional testimony, Facebook developed digital tools to combat hate speech and misinformation and also created a new internal framework to manage crises like Myanmar around the world. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 To manage her migraines, Raisman worked with Dr. Andrew Blumenfeld, Neurologist and Director, Los Angeles & San Diego Headache Centers and paid consultant for AbbVie. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, 18 Nov. 2021 Specialist Margaret Vest Ballestas, of boutique agency Galavanta Colombia Tailored Travel, also expressed staffing concerns—but rather, not having enough to manage the sudden influx of travelers. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2021 In London, though, Johnson’s most senior advisers are deeply frustrated that the EU does not seem to understand the scale of the crisis potentially coming unless a consensus can be reached over how to manage the border. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 To best manage the Gators’ QBs, McGee maintains an open dialogue with the person who knows them best — Trina Jones and LaShawnda Cleare, Richardson’s mother. Edgar Thompson,, 17 Nov. 2021 The meat comes out tender, is easy to manage, and nobody will complain while munching on them during the football games. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 As many of us in this same situation know, taking those crucial first steps to actually put a plan into action to better manage your mental health can be a little confusing. Rachaell Davis, Essence, 16 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Family offices on this scale manage hundreds of millions of dollars in private wealth, a task that requires a team of around 30 specialists. Ollie A Williams, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 But how did the two manage to survive and thrive in Hollywood? Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Another group might struggle to remember the rules and occasionally drift from strict observance, though manage to stay in bounds most of the time. Abdul Subhani, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 While a leader has a strategic vision and sets goals for the business, team or even themselves, managers by their very definition manage and make sure stuff gets done. James Mayo, Rolling Stone, 22 Sep. 2021 But our job was more to train, empower project-manage, and obviously execute on our strategy. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 4 Sep. 2021 Few shows on television manage to walk the line between heartbreak and hilarity better than 90 Day Fiancé. Luke Kelly-clyne And Graham Techler, Vulture, 30 July 2021 And the feats their limbs manage are anything but pedestrian. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2021 Some taste like gym socks, others like floral arrangements in a funeral parlor, and a few manage to have no flavor whatsoever. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 29 July 2021

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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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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


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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