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 In 2018 Mark McVeigh, another young Australian, sued his pension fund, the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (Rest), for allegedly failing to adequately manage the risks that climate change poses to its investments. The Economist, "Setting precedents Green investors are embracing litigation," 21 Nov. 2020 The team’s manager is former Giants coach Jose Alguacil, who was targeted to manage Double-A Richmond before the minor-league seasons were canceled, and the team’s director of baseball operations is Giants scout Felix Peguero. John Shea,, "Giants’ Johnny Cueto plans to pitch in winter ball," 19 Nov. 2020 The benefit is that the homeowner doesn’t have to invest in advanced septic systems to manage the liquid waste. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Potential solution emerges for Alabama’s Black Belt sewage woes," 19 Nov. 2020 For another, green hydrogen can be produced when there is excess green power in the system—a particularly windy day, for example—and then stored for later use, helping manage the unreliable production challenge in low-carbon energy systems. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The hydrogen economy: Hyped for years, the most abundant element in the universe is finally having its moment," 19 Nov. 2020 That law — which passed Congress unanimously and was signed by President Richard Nixon — called for the BLM to protect and manage the wild horses that roamed its public lands. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, "In the West, wild horses are an out-of-control problem — and ranchers and animal rights activists are locked in conflict over their fate," 18 Nov. 2020 While prepping for the 1998 Tony Awards, Miller told his staff not to micro-manage that year’s host. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, "Walter C. Miller, longtime director of Grammy, Emmy and Tony awards shows, dies," 18 Nov. 2020 And part of it is, again, the skills that are required to be a good legislator in the House of Representatives are not necessarily the skills that are required to manage an agency well. The New Republic, "Transcript: Joe Biden’s Cabinet," 18 Nov. 2020 But with a multitude of programs to manage, the challenge becomes flexibility, Bishai said, for all health departments — not exclusively Harford’s. James Whitlow,, "Harford taps Johns Hopkins professor Dr. David Bishai as its new county health officer," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hushed and meditative poems in this intensely lovely book manage somehow to feel simultaneously old-fashioned and cutting-edge. Washington Post, "Best poetry collections of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 The multicolor stripes on this outdoor rug manage to be eye-catching without being overwhelmingly busy. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "Ruggable released a bunch of new rugs this year—here are our favorites," 26 Oct. 2020 Experts are also seeing strain where robots and human manage to work side by side, as people struggle to adjust their patterns and behaviors. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 The past five months of lockdown have cast a spotlight on the problem, as white-collar workers with fast home internet manage to avoid the harshest consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s shelter-in-place mandates. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can San Francisco realize the dream of public internet?," 9 Aug. 2020 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

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 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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