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

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 Don't do everything yourself, and don't micromanage. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 This leaves Connor, the oldest and somehow dumbest of the four, to micromanage the RECNY event like he’s Ace Rothstein in Casino, demanding the chef put an equal amount of blueberries into each muffin. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 The federal government elites in Washington cannot micromanage citizens' personal choices without a legitimate basis in law and the Constitution ... Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 Republicans have argued those bills were an attempt to micromanage state and local elections. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 One of the easiest ways to have employees feel ownership of their jobs and of the organization as a whole is to not micromanage them. Expert Panel, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Don’t micromanage your outsourcing workforce or there will be no point in outsourcing. Shane Barker, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has denounced the Lewis bill and other failed voting rights bills as an attempt to micromanage state and local elections. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Rebell said the plaintiffs aren’t trying to micromanage schools. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of micromanage

1976, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Micromanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanage. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of micromanage

: 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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