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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But the government agency is simultaneously requiring T-Mobile and Sprint to sell some of their assets to Dish Network in what amounts to a government attempt to micromanage the mobile industry. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "DOJ’s plan to make Dish the fourth major carrier has a fatal flaw," 27 Aug. 2019 In his mind, anything that reinforced Pentagon leaders’ desire to micromanage events halfway across the globe was problematic. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 Airbnb's Experience platform has gathered thousands of local voices who can micromanage all sorts of encounters—a drag queen makeover in Mexico City, for instance, or the inside track on L.A.'s Dogtown skate scene with Juice magazine's Dan Levy. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Too Busy to Plan? These Local Guides Will Get You Up Close and Personal," 21 Aug. 2019 But a cynic might argue that the Fed's job is to keep the US economy afloat and not micromanage the global economy. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Does Jerome Powell really believe what he's saying about rate cuts?," 1 Aug. 2019 As talks progressed, according to two people familiar with Fiat Chrysler, the French government tried to micromanage the process. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "How France’s Intrusive Demands Quashed the Fiat-Renault Deal," 6 June 2019 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

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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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