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 Brill said parents do not have a constitutional right to micromanage the operation of the schools. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 15 Apr. 2022 While leaders are right not to micromanage, being too hands-off can keep them from understanding their team. Cheri Beranek, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Terrorism expert Peter Bergen wrote about bin Laden’s attempts to micromanage the affairs of al-Qaeda from afar, his frustration with the group’s sitting on the sidelines during the Arab Spring and the potent influence of his wives’ advice. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 To establish trust at the outset, do not micromanage every little thing that is happening in the remote work setting. Beth Worthy, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Most managers who micromanage express that the best way to ensure success is to take control. Mark Samuel, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Democrats contend the legislation is needed to combat Republican efforts at the state level to limit access to the ballot box, while Republicans have said such federal legislation was an attempt to micromanage local elections. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 Casper said shifting to a policy where board members micromanage district employees would send a message that the board doesn't trust its staff. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 15 Feb. 2022 Emergencies can drive some organization leaders to micromanage. Hao Lam, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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