man·​age | \ˈma-nij \
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.



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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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


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

One targeted VestaCP, a control-panel interface that system administrators use to manage servers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor," 26 Nov. 2018 Imagine going from a reporter, a bureau chief with four people to managing a thousand people, that’s a huge responsibility. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.," 26 Nov. 2018 Moore got his big break taking the piss out of pop culture on The Simpsons and Futurama, and the Wreck-It Ralph movies are among the few big-screen films to manage the same joke-a-minute, satirical snap of those TV shows. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but for the internet," 21 Nov. 2018 Unlike most programs, which aim only to manage PTSD symptoms, Boulder Crest acknowledges that trauma fundamentally changes individuals; there is no returning to normal. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 To lower the center of gravity and to make the bike easier to manage, Ducati has decreased the suspension travel by half an inch, to 7.25 inches. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Road Tested: 2019 Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1260," 24 Oct. 2018 No worries, however, since Veronica plans to open a speakeasy in the basement of Pop's, asking FP to manage it in order to show Serpents that they are also welcomed. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 Just like in the movies, by wearing a cap and sunglasses, Meghan seems to manage going undetected in ordinary life. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where Meghan Markle Spends Her Weekends with Prince Harry," 16 Sep. 2018 Women with periods spend decades dealing with their bloody companions, whether that's by maintaining a cabinet full of tampons or using birth control to help manage painful menstruation symptoms. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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., "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,, "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,, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018 As devices reach into homes, cars and workplaces—and as apps manage friendships, banking, health care and more—the tech industry needs to deepen trust, Mr. Nadella said. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Google Wants You to Get Off Your Phone Every Once in a While," 8 May 2018 Veterans’ Affairs: Includes funding for new oversight offices requested by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to protect whistleblowers and investigate poorly performing manages and cases of inferior patient care. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Massive spending bill spans thousands of pages, with programs that touch nearly every American," 22 Mar. 2018

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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 1a

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 \
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 \
managed; managing

Medical Definition of manage 

: to conduct the management of poorly managed diabetes

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