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

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
micromanagement noun
micromanager noun

Examples of micromanage in a Sentence

He micromanaged every detail of the budget.
Recent Examples on the Web Instead of micromanaging the number on the scale, focus on goals like including more foods that directly promote wellbeing. Rebecca Jaspan, Mph, Rd, Health, 21 Sep. 2023 According to the release, Leiner’s leadership style hinges on empowering people, giving them the opportunity to innovate, and never micromanaging. Pioneer Press Staff, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 On the one hand, that’s better than attempting to micromanage corporate decision-making from Washington, D.C. The Editors, National Review, 13 Apr. 2023 These staffers believe Licht was relentlessly micromanaged by Zaslav, and lay many of CNN’s problems — poor ratings, staffing decisions and programming gaffes — at his feet and those of Warner Bros. Discovery. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 7 June 2023 At another event last month, Rufo argued that micromanaging college classroom discussions was a losing fight for conservatives, and that tenure is not a problem - hiring is. Susan Svrluga, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2023 The tendency is especially prevalent in executives who want to micromanage their employees. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The next day, Hambley filed a lawsuit in state court, accusing the board of micromanaging the department and illegally attempting to dismiss her without cause. Patrick Marley, Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2023 At a previous job, the 36-year-old had a supervisor who micromanaged her and constantly loomed over her shoulder. Danielle Abril, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of micromanage was in 1976

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“Micromanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanage. Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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