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 About a quarter of the patients, whose medical records were reviewed by the researchers, were taking a daily low-dose aspirin before they were admitted or right after admission to manage their cardiovascular disease. Hallie Miller,, "Daily aspirin use could lower coronavirus death risk, University of Maryland medical school study finds," 23 Oct. 2020 In most cases, the issues are related to quality problems in the manufacturing process or a failure to manage the battery’s heat or electrical energy properly, Mr. Warner said. Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Auto Makers Grapple With Battery-Fire Risks in Electric Vehicles," 19 Oct. 2020 Turkey’s ability to manage the pandemic has its roots in American training initiatives and institutions, a small irony given the struggles in the United States. Katie Nadworny, National Geographic, "Turkey has been contact tracing for a century. That offers lessons and perils.," 15 Oct. 2020 In order to manage this tremendous increase, clerks across the state have hired additional part time employees, staffed up with volunteers, and purchased new equipment to efficiently and effectively process applications and ballots., "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 15 Oct. 2020 The cardinal had been given broad discretionary authority to manage the secretariat of state's assets by none other than the secretary himself, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, "Woman close to Vatican cardinal arrested in corruption probe," 14 Oct. 2020 The ruling dismissed the lawsuit, which was brought by a group of right-wing lawmakers who have grown increasingly hostile to the Republican governor’s efforts to manage the pandemic. John Moritz, Arkansas Online, "Judge dismisses state lawmakers' bid to end health emergency," 14 Oct. 2020 Pandemic relief programs are projected to push the federal budget deficit beyond $250 billion, and business groups have sought details on plans to manage the debt. Washington Post, "Trudeau government survives confidence vote in Canadian Parliament," 7 Oct. 2020 Centro oversees two nonprofits: Centro Alliance, a lobbying wing for downtown developers and businesses, and another that oversees the PID, which the city pays the nonprofit to manage. Patrick Danner,, "Centro San Antonio bookkeeper who allegedly embezzled $291K strikes plea deal," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The multicolor stripes on this outdoor rug manage to be eye-catching without being overwhelmingly busy. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "Ruggable released a bunch of new rugs this year—here are our favorites," 26 Oct. 2020 Experts are also seeing strain where robots and human manage to work side by side, as people struggle to adjust their patterns and behaviors. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 The past five months of lockdown have cast a spotlight on the problem, as white-collar workers with fast home internet manage to avoid the harshest consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s shelter-in-place mandates. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can San Francisco realize the dream of public internet?," 9 Aug. 2020 The hotels Presidian manages are set up as standalone entities with different ownership structures, and applied separately, receiving a total of eight PPP loans, Leddy said. Madison Iszler,, "Historic hotel near San Antonio airport to undergo multimillion-dollar renovation," 19 May 2020 Theft: Chagrin Boulevard At 10:25 a.m. May 2, the store manage at Walgreen’s, 16400 Chagrin Blvd. cleveland, "Drunk woman passes out with daughter, 7, in car: Shaker Heights police blotter," 9 May 2020 Getting ahead of unexpected expenses Evaluate and risk manage. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Retirement: Managing unexpected expenses, an emergency fund," 19 Mar. 2020 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

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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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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