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.



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

And Darien police did manage to track down the gun-toting patient who caused all the fuss in the first place. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Multiple mix-ups led to scary police incident with Yankees GM Cashman," 10 Aug. 2019 Jan Niewodniczanski, Bitburger’s managing director and a co-owner, and Stefan Hanke, a Bitburger brewmaster, will be among the industry panelists. Andre Meunier,, "Oregon beer this week: Prost’s pilsner throwdown, Portland Brewing’s 2nd ‘weird’ release, plus events," 9 Aug. 2019 As one of the most decorated players in USA Basketball history, Carmelo Anthony expressed interest through a representative in joining the team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo told Sports Illustrated. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "USA Basketball denies Carmelo Anthony's request to join FIBA World Cup roster," 8 Aug. 2019 Jason Ward is managing day-to-day operations of the Tri-West football program. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Lawyer: Tri-West football coach abused student, threatened to retaliate if she spoke out," 8 Aug. 2019 And with the help of her mother and grandmother, Jane usually manages to keep her head while those around her are being blackmailed, kidnapped, buried in cement, hoodwinked by evil twins and double-crossed by drug lords. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why ‘Jane the Virgin’ is the TV show you need right now," 5 Aug. 2019 The City of Phoenix Employees’ Retirement System (COPERS) manages retirement benefits for city employees. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Phoenix pension campaign supporters are sharing false information about the city's debt," 4 Aug. 2019 Mr Mascott manages a company and four children (his wife is merely a law professor who helps with IT for the Dolphins and sits on the board of the local school foundation). The Economist, "What the mighty Dolphins say about America," 1 Aug. 2019 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon, told news channel CNBC-TV18. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Tributes pour in as the body of a missing Indian coffee baron is found on the banks of a river," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 However, if David Moyes' side manage to survive the relegation drop at the expense of Newcastle, then Lascelles could well be tempted with a move to the London Stadium - assuming that a suitably lucrative contract is offered., "West Ham Line Up £15m Bargain Summer Swoop for Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles," 25 Mar. 2018 Season two mostly delivered on developing characterizations, but its plot was frequently marching in place without a lot of direction; season three manages to provide an engaging plot, but falls down on the character development. Aja Romano, Vox, "Stranger Things season 3 is charming but frustrating. Here’s a spoiler-free review.," 30 June 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 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 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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