man·​age·​ment | \ˈma-nij-mənt \

Definition of management 

1 : the act or art of managing : the conducting or supervising of something (such as a business) Business improved under the management of new owners.

2 : judicious use of means to accomplish an end is extremely cautious when it comes to money management

3 : the collective body of those who manage or direct an enterprise Management decided to hire more workers.

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Other Words from management

managemental \ ˌma-​nij-​ˈmen-​tᵊl \ adjective

Examples of management in a Sentence

Business improved under the management of new owners. We're using new management techniques. Management and labor could not agree. He has a job in middle management. The managements of several top corporations met yesterday. a new system of water management
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Talk about horrid cap management, apparently the Vikings just guaranteed $84 million ... to their 13th-best player. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'Madden NFL 19' player ratings: 9 head-turning observations include slight to Eli Manning," 12 July 2018 Because Flint was under emergency management, Earley, as EM, could make decisions of this magnitude on his own without input or approval from the city board. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Poisoned City' tells the horrific story of Flint's contaminated water," 10 July 2018 Pete Kyriacou, general manager of program management for Surface, says Microsoft has worked closely with Intel to tune the processor for this particular form factor. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future," 9 July 2018 Zaman was raided in March 2016 after a court placed it under the management of trustees and later shuttered for allegedly serving as a mouthpiece for Gulen's movement. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkish journalists sentenced for links to US-based cleric," 6 July 2018 Stephens was accused of agreeing to help bribe union officials to induce them to place union pension assets under his management. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 Happily, this app is under new management after a brief hiatus of being unavailable. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "In praise of customizing your computer," 20 June 2018 Leclerc's responsibilities for the official State Games of Massachusetts (Bay State Games) included event management for 30 sport competitions, showcases and programs for over 7,000 athletes. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2018 Billboard Dance reached out to Normani and Harris' management for comment. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Normani & Calvin Harris Are Working Together," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of management

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of management

: the act or skill of controlling and making decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc.

: the people who make decisions about a business, department, sports team, etc.

: the act or process of deciding how to use something


man·​age·​ment | \ˈma-nij-mənt \

Kids Definition of management

1 : the act of looking after and making decisions about something

2 : the people who look after and make decisions about something Management and labor could not agree on pay increases.


man·​age·​ment | \ˈman-ij-mənt \

Medical Definition of management 

: the whole system of care and treatment of a disease or a sick individual the management of contagious diseases

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