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.
Recent Examples on the Web There is no need to micromanage your 401(k) but the end of the year is a good time to trim back on some of your winners and potentially add to your losers. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Why Friday’s jobs report just extended the bull market," 9 Dec. 2019 While some offices like to micromanage attendance expectations, ProcessUnity prefers what Thomas calls a common-sense approach. BostonGlobe.com, "1. APPOINTING AMBASSADORS," 15 Nov. 2019 But House Republicans, then in the majority, opposed any new AUMF that put restrictions on military leaders, saying that Congress should not micromanage wars. Author: Paul Kane, Mike Debonis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s order to strike Iranian leader sparks fresh debate in Congress over war powers," 3 Jan. 2020 No longer will federal bureaucrats micromanage your local police. chicagotribune.com, "Read the official transcript of President Trump’s remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Chicago," 28 Oct. 2019 Another type is the perfectionist who tends to micromanage employees. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Would you quit your job because of a bad boss? 60 percent in South Florida have done it, survey says," 14 Oct. 2019 As a strategy, China’s efforts to micromanage global conversation is emboldening its critics and eroding the support of its friends. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "China Forces the N.B.A. to Weigh Value Against Values," 8 Oct. 2019 Her way might be trying to micromanage everything, and your way might be to have a short fuse with her micromanaging. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Sibling harmony destroyed by disagreements over care of elderly mother," 28 Sep. 2019 Implanted sensors will spot early signs of illness in farm animals, and micromanage their feeding. The Economist, "Drastic falls in cost are powering another computer revolution," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Micromanage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanagement?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=microm02. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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