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

Most hikers need a middle-ground backpack, one in the 40-to-60-liter range that can manage loads for one- to five-day trips. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Alex Stokely, vice president of Barrett & Stokely, the company that manages River Crossing, told IndyStar the apartment manager has been placed on leave. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD investigating officer involved in alleged profiling incident at swimming pool," 13 July 2018 This fee was deemed too high by Arsenal for a player who managed just one goal and one assist in 28 appearances last season, which led to his omission from the Germany squad for the World Cup., "Max Meyer Could Move to Turkey After Being Rejected By Liverpool and Arsenal Due to Wage Demands," 13 July 2018 The carbon-free energy, however, regularly causes migraines for operators at the Bonneville Power Administration, based in Portland, Ore., who manage the regional electricity grid. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, "Weather-Smart Electric Grids Are Needed for Wind and Solar Power to Surge," 13 July 2018 Nominations: 2 This is a show with cosmically high stakes that manages to feel utterly earthbound and comfortable. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 For now, they are all covered under the group insurance plan provided by the employer of Salas’ father, who manages the call center at the Bexar County tax assessor-collector’s office. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 Jason Siracusa, who not only manages the Deerfield Junior All-Stars but also presides over the Little League program in that city, knows his ballclub is entering unchartered territory. Emmett Hall,, "Deerfield Beach Little League Junior Division All-Stars ready for trip to Florida's capital," 12 July 2018 That brings the possibility of relocation, which could have implications for the Suns, since managing general partner Robert Sarver wants to upgrade Talking Stick Resort Arena. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Will Vegas get an NBA team? Question more 'when' than 'whether'," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 But the 15-year-old did manage to pull out a cellphone camera, recording the belligerent woman and the poolside encounter that turned him into the latest victim of #LivingWhileBlack. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Police say woman screamed racial slurs and smacked a black teen at a pool. She lost her job.," 2 July 2018 And though that may not sound relaxing, Bill Hader (who stars as Barry), Henry Winkler (who plays his acting coach), and the rest of the cast manage to bring a sweetness that makes the whole thing almost heartwarming. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Can Binge to Escape Reality," 13 July 2018 The city and Huntley executed an agreement in February to have the firm manage events through Dec. 31. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Citing progress, Ripken Stadium events manager seeks approval to book 2019 events," 11 July 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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