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 Others, including Health and Human Services Secreaty Alex Azar and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, disagreed with Navarro's perception of how the CDC managed testing. TheWeek, "Former FDA commissioner says CDC should deliver more info on 'collective clinical experience' of coronavirus patients," 17 May 2020 Ol Pejeta is home to more than 130 black rhinos, the single largest population in East and Central Africa, said Richard Vigne, the conservancy’s managing director. Joe Mwihia, USA TODAY, "'A complete disaster': Africa’s endangered wildlife at risk as tourism dries up due to coronavirus," 15 May 2020 Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto Ltd., has criticized India’s handling of the lockdown. Archana Chaudhary,, "Billionaire Defends Workers’ Rights as Indian States Dilute Laws," 15 May 2020 At the heart of MyRepublic is managing director Lawrence Chan, who once led Singapore’s biggest World of Warcraft guild. Alexis Ong, Wired, "How Gamers Powered Super-Fast Internet Abroad," 14 May 2020 Usually relegated to the sidelines, these hardworking heroes have taken center stage managing and treating the thousand of people infected with COVID-19 in hospitals, assisted living centers, and other settings. Christina Oehler,, "National Nurses Week Draws to a Close With Some Incredibly Powerful Photos," 14 May 2020 David Maris is the managing partner of Phalanx Investment Partners, an investment and advisory firm that specializes in health care investing for social good. David Maris, STAT, "Americans think the government should regulate profits from Covid-19 treatments. Be careful what you wish for," 14 May 2020 That said, even private lands that aren’t managed specifically for grouse can have great hunting. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Get Your Own Private Hunting Property (and Improve its Habitat)," 14 May 2020 The veterans homes operate in a regulatory environment divided between the states, which manage them, and the VA, which inspects them and pays for much of the care. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Superintendent Bragged About VA Review of Short-Staffed Soldiers Home. Two Months Later, 73 Veterans Are Dead.," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How in the world did this or any film manage not to polarize the nation on sight? Ben Flanagan |, al, "Our favorite movies from 2019," 6 Feb. 2020 In New York, 10 Army medics or Air National Guard medical technicians assist with swabbing patients, while another 30 personnel manage tasks such as directing traffic at each site. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Governors use National Guard for coronavirus testing but need government help for test kits," 24 Apr. 2020 Even so, how did a party created to represent the working-class manage to lose so many working-class voters in its heartland to an Old Etonian member of the metropolitan elite such as Mr Johnson? The Economist, "Bagehot Jeremy Corbyn’s crushing defeat," 13 Dec. 2019 Remarkably, Congress did manage to pass a really robust expansion of unemployment benefits that will last for four months; but that will likely need to go longer, too. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "What the staggering spike in unemployment means for the American economy," 2 Apr. 2020 How did society manage to become so powerful, and remain so fragile? Joey Camire, Quartz, "Why quarantine can make you more creative," 21 Mar. 2020 Fire department rescuers did manage to extract the cat from its impromptu imprisonment, according to Piringer. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Cat in a couch causes trouble in Bethesda, according to fire and rescue service," 2 Mar. 2020 For those that did manage, somehow, to get the pitiful exercise in techno-solutionism up and running, the tool failed to report accurate results. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Iowa caucus debacle is great for America’s disinformation-peddling adversaries," 5 Feb. 2020 Nine manage less than 100 million yuan, including Fullerton Fund Management Co. and Invesco, which both won licenses more than two years ago. Fortune, "BlackRockStone? China’s Investors Yawn as Major Foreign Hedge Funds Rush In," 2 Dec. 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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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