mi·​cro·​man·​age | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈma-nij How to pronounce micromanage (audio) \
micromanaged; micromanaging; micromanages

Definition of micromanage

transitive verb

: to manage especially with excessive control or attention to details

intransitive verb

: to direct or conduct the activities of a group or an enterprise by micromanaging them

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Other Words from micromanage

micromanagement \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​nij-​mənt How to pronounce micromanagement (audio) \ noun
micromanager \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​ni-​jər How to pronounce micromanager (audio) \ noun

Examples of micromanage in a Sentence

He micromanaged every detail of the budget.

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The faster and larger SSD will ensure there's abundant space for music, photos, and videos without having to micromanage storage. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s special Costco Surface Go is now available to all," 7 Nov. 2018 Congress, local authorities, antitrust officials and the Federal Communications Commission must resist the urge to micromanage the next-gen wireless market. Robert M. Mcdowell, WSJ, "To Boost 5G, Keep the Industry Free," 27 Sep. 2018 Engler has also taken heat for trying to micromanage the university's communications. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Two Michigan State trustees fail in effort to fire John Engler," 22 June 2018 Moonves has been known to micromanage staff members. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Leslie Moonves helped make CBS a TV juggernaut, but the brawl over a Viacom merger could lead to his exit," 18 May 2018 Let’s be real: ceding the power to micromanage bike lanes isn’t exactly suspending the writ of habeas corpus. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly schools focus on freshmen, food insecurity takes a toll on Philly neighborhoods | Morning Newsletter," 21 May 2018 But a key subplot was whether Nixon had the power to micromanage the prosecutorial process. Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "President Trump says he could pardon himself. Shades of Nixon reemerge from behind the curtain.," 5 June 2018 Other conservatives want Congress to exert greater oversight, but most politicians are not qualified to micromanage the regulators. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "The ‘Swamp’ Needs a Justinian," 19 Apr. 2018 John Dull, commissioners' attorney, also indicated they were concerned the council is exceeding its authority by attempting to micromanage other office holders. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Lake County Council prepares for new look at vetoed hiring freeze plan," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of micromanage

1976, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of micromanage

chiefly US : to try to control or manage all the small parts of (something, such as an activity) in a way that is usually not wanted or that causes problems

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