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 Hinojosa, also a Democrat, added that the bill would micromanage local governments and possibly impede their functions. Dallas News, "‘Back the Blue Act’ passes Texas Senate committee as GOP seeks to rein in defunding efforts," 23 Mar. 2021 Empower the federal government to micromanage polling stations, hours, early-voting locations, and drop boxes, no matter what local traditions or practicality dictates. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Sorry, Stacey Abrams, H.R. 1 Exemplifies the Need for the Filibuster," 22 Mar. 2021 Like many parents just trying to get to the other side of a pandemic in one piece, Iris Lowenberg-Lin doesn’t have the bandwidth to micromanage screen time for her two older kids. Washington Post, "Growing up on screens: How a year lived online has changed our children," 4 Mar. 2021 It’s not my role to babysit or micromanage my team. Taja Dockendorf, Forbes, "How To Lead By Example And Encourage Employees To Fuel Their Own Growth," 4 Mar. 2021 With a wider range of products available bearing Windows OS, and more freedom to modify and micromanage the computer’s storage and functionality, PCs tend to be the pick for many offices and households, as both desktop computers and laptops alike. Zachary Visconti, chicagotribune.com, "Mac vs. PC: which is better?," 1 Mar. 2021 But he's heard from drivers who think the cameras will micromanage them, and worry about getting in trouble or losing their jobs for what seems like a small infraction. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Amazon is putting cameras in its delivery vans and some drivers aren't happy," 25 Feb. 2021 Congress as a whole might push back against any infringement on its ability to micromanage science through its annual departmental and agency-level budgeting process. Ronald Kline, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs a Federal Department of Science and Technology," 20 Feb. 2021 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

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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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“Micromanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanage. Accessed 16 Apr. 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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