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 But under an informal pact between the U.S. and Europe, an American has always led the World Bank, while a European serves as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Washington Post, "What a World Bank Critic Might Do as Its President," 18 Sep. 2019 The government charged Gregg Smith, an executive director, and Michael Nowak, a managing director and head of the bank's global precious metals desk. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "3 JPMorgan traders indicted in alleged pricing scheme," 16 Sep. 2019 Robert Jenkins, senior managing director for Renaissance HBCU Opportunity Fund, said the Stillman project is consistent with other projects being assembled in OZs, which usually involve some mixed-use development involving retail and housing. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama looking at $1 billion from Opportunity Zone investments," 15 Sep. 2019 The events in China reflected poorly on USA managing director Jerry Colangelo, who watched the team’s potential dissipate with a series of late withdrawals from star players including James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson. Bruce Jenkins,, "Disgraced USA Basketball needs revival at the Olympics," 12 Sep. 2019 Chances are, he will be surrounded by a different group of players by then, as many of the All-Stars who snubbed Popovich and USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo this summer are expected to make room in their schedules for the Olympics. Mike Finger,, "A year from now, will Popovich find different Team USA ending?," 12 Sep. 2019 Laura Horwitz has been the franchise owner and managing director of College Nannies Sitters and Tutors in Glenview for the last 12 years. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Shout Out: Laura Horwitz, former teacher now a business owner," 10 Sep. 2019 On August 31st, Frances Beatty, a gallerist who is also the managing director of the Ray Johnson estate, spent the whole day there. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 Biden and his campaign countered that Goldman, who now is the managing director of an investment firm, doesn't have day-to-day involvement in Western LNG. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "2020 Democrats: Climate change comes off the backburner as White House hopefuls take on President Trump," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Manchester United will be trying to break a recent trend that has seen none of the last four clubs playing their first ever WSL game manage to win., "WSL Stats for 2019/20 Week 1: First Encounters, Fighting the Odds & More," 3 Sep. 2019 The Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal, began soliciting proposals Aug. 22 from companies to help the state manage pharmacy benefits. Catherine Ho,, "Will Gavin Newsom’s plan lower prescription drug costs in California?," 1 Sep. 2019 But the melee did manage to cast a pall of uncertainty over a future election and leave voters wondering if any of the candidates are focused enough to win back the White House. Los Angeles Times, "At the Democratic debates, CNN set the trap. But blame the candidates for taking the bait," 1 Aug. 2019 Randall turns 27 at the end of August and hits free agency at exactly the right time. Unless the Browns manage to hammer out an extension before then. Dan Labbe,, "New deal for Browns safety Damarious Randall will take time: What we learned about the Browns on Wednesday," 24 July 2019 Did Brave manage, then, to live up to expectations despite that production hurdle? Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Today, the biggest danger for some people who self-manage abortions might be prosecution. Anna North, Vox, "A boom in at-home abortions is coming," 9 July 2019 So when everything pointed to Child’s Play ’19 being a quick cash-grab, and original horror blazing a trail for the genre, how did the remake manage to win over so many skeptics? Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 How does the Archimedes screw manage to move water uphill? Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Lift Water with an Archimedes Screw," 11 July 2019

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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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The first known use of manage was in 1561

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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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