manage

verb
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.

manage

noun

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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Verb

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

And yet in a world of infinite color options, designers managed to land on about seven major trends for Fall 2019. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Most days after blow-drying, my very thick hair manages to look stringy and bushy at once, with a substantial layer of frizz garnishing the whole situation. Glamour, "Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer Ended My 20-Year Battle Against Frizz," 28 Mar. 2019 While these symptoms can be distressing, they can also be managed. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Parkland Students Share Mental Health Resources to Support Each Other," 25 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, a Colorado side beaten 2-0 by the Sounders has managed a pair of tough draws against formidable Sporting Kansas City and Portland. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Despite long layoff, Sounders are bracing for a challenging week ahead," 25 Mar. 2019 Yet, without fail, a dinner party or a cocktail gathering will manage to work its way into our downtime, far more frequently than our friends with bigger, fancier digs. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How the Salonnière List of the Best Party Hosts in America Is Put Together," 21 Mar. 2019 Though Micron had once planned to sell an Optane competitor called QuantX, the company hasn’t yet managed to bring it to market. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel kills Optane 'Core+' desktop processor bundles as 3D XPoint venture dissolves," 15 Jan. 2019 Unlike the Terminal, Code manages to allow for complexity through a plugin system that can add extra features. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream," 28 Dec. 2018 Her travels around the world have managed to encourage even the greatest culinary novice to roll up their sleeves and step into a kitchen. Condé Nast Traveler, "In Conversation With the Absolutely Delightful Samin Nosrat: Women Who Travel Podcast," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This finding raises an evolutionary question: If humans generally find these traits repulsive and prefer not to mate with those who possess them, how did the dark triad manage to become so prevalent? Glenn Geher, WSJ, "The Dark Triad and the Evolution of Jerks," 6 Dec. 2018 The recent attacks on Manigault-Newman manage to include all of these criticisms. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Trump calling Omarosa a “dog” isn’t just racist or sexist. It’s part of a pattern.," 14 Aug. 2018 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. SI.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Design Smarts: Remodelista's Julie Carlson on changing it up," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of manage

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for manage

Verb

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

Noun

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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manage

verb

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)

manage

verb
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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