manage

verb
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 make and keep compliant can't manage their child
b : to treat with care : husband managed his resources carefully
c : to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of manage a business manage a bond issue manages a baseball team
2 : to work upon or try to alter for a purpose manage the press manage stress
3 : to succeed in accomplishing : contrive managed to escape from prison
4 : to direct the professional career of an agency that manages entertainers

intransitive verb

1a : to direct or carry on business or affairs also : to direct a baseball team
b : to admit of being carried on
2 : to achieve one's purpose He managed only by careful planning.

manage

noun

Definition of manage (Entry 2 of 2)

1a archaic : the action and paces of a trained riding horse
b : the schooling or handling of a horse
c : a riding school
2 obsolete : management

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Verb

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

Topical clindamycin, for instance, can help safely manage the bacteria that contributes to acne. Nikhita Mahtani, SELF, "How to Safely Treat Your Postpartum Acne," 24 Apr. 2019 Released in February, BioWare finally managed this week to make the inventory accessible during missions, and without a load screen—a significant step, for sure. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: A first look at Vampire: The Masquerade 2 (sort-of) and Overwatch's new script editor," 22 Apr. 2019 These public lands managed by the BLM comprise more than 245 million surface and 700 million subsurface acres of desert, grasslands, canyons, and forests in Western states including Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 Epstein had at one time been an investor in a hedge fund managed by those executives. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 According to LinkedIn, Roberts is head of marketing at HomeBinder.com, which helps people manage the maintenance on their homes. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Boyfriend Riley Roberts?," 15 Jan. 2019 Veep has managed to both address gender politics and the inanity of what's expected of women in power, as well as critique the whole system of power itself, without (hardly) ever punching down. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep's Final Season and Why She Wrote a Personal Letter to Christine Blasey Ford," 28 Mar. 2019 She is currently managed by her mother, who owns Woods Management Group. Tamara Fuentes And Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Jordyn Woods? Everything You Need to Know About Kylie's Ex-BFF," 22 Feb. 2019 La Rhea passed down the Pepper share of the farm to Terry's younger brother, Carl, then moved to Lander, WY, and became managing director of Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit she and Terry helped start in 2002 under the name Organic Exchange. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This finding raises an evolutionary question: If humans generally find these traits repulsive and prefer not to mate with those who possess them, how did the dark triad manage to become so prevalent? Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 The recent attacks on Manigault-Newman manage to include all of these criticisms. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Trump calling Omarosa a “dog” isn’t just racist or sexist. It’s part of a pattern.," 14 Aug. 2018 Also breaking this evening in the midst of all of this drama surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, another big story manage to break through involving the future of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Fox News, "Kavanaugh: I never sexually assaulted anyone," 24 Sep. 2018 Despite having no finance background, the 50-year-old former headhunter reinvented himself as an offshore specialist helping manage hundreds of shell companies. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 The operators named in the suit manage: Atria Chandler Villas. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Undercover testers find discrimination at assisted-living, nursing facilities," 4 July 2018 Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has also turned the role down in favour of continuing the manage Belgian second tier side OH Leuven. SI.com, "Ipswich Town Weigh Up Managerial Options as Attention Turns to Relegated Sunderland Boss," 26 Apr. 2018 The app collects data and provides coaching so people can better self manage, the company said. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "WellDoc adds hypertension to diabetes management app," 9 July 2018 The pared down, sometimes minimal aesthetic manages to stay true to its look, yet always timeless and even on trend. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of manage

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for manage

Verb

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

Noun

Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

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manage

verb

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)

manage

verb
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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