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

Examples of micromanage in a Sentence

He micromanaged every detail of the budget.
Recent Examples on the Web Everybody by now knows that politicians micromanage every aspect of their appearance. New York Times, "The Ups and Downs of Fashion in 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 As the games industry market size summits $60.4 billion dollars, the pressure to micromanage the reviews system grows ever greater. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System," 15 Dec. 2020 The subsidy should not be used to micromanage the choices. WSJ, "Gov. Jindal, Health-Care Policy and the GOP," 10 Dec. 2020 But the officials said the bill as written will micromanage police operations in a way that will put officers and the public in danger. Lauren Del Valle And Peter Nickeas, CNN, "Massachusetts lawmakers pass policing reform bill," 2 Dec. 2020 Federal courts should not micromanage state election processes, the judges ruled, citing a 2016 federal court ruling. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "More than 230 election-related federal lawsuits have been filed already. A look at each state.," 30 Oct. 2020 And there are also dedicated widget apps, like Widgetsmith, for those who want to more fully micromanage their home screen experience. Brian Barrett, Wired, "How to Trick Out Your iPhone Home Screen in iOS 14," 10 Oct. 2020 The world today works against any NFL coach who wants to micromanage. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Given COVID-19, what should the Cleveland Browns do about play-calling? – Terry Pluto," 2 Aug. 2020 With that in mind, leaders should fight the urge to micromanage their teams and instead act as advocates for their newly remote employees, encouraging them to set clear boundaries and to protect themselves from work-from-home exhaustion. Jason Wingard, Quartz at Work, "The “future of work” is here, thanks to Covid-19," 22 May 2020

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First Known Use of micromanage

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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31 Dec 2020

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“Micromanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanage. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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