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handle

noun han·dle \ ˈhan-dᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of handle

1 :a part that is designed especially to be grasped by the hand
2 :something that resembles a handle
3 a :title 4
  • a royal handle
b :name; also :nickname
  • went by his childhood handle
4 :hand 11c
  • the smooth handle of silk
5 :the total amount of money bet on a race, game, or event
6 :a means of understanding or controlling
  • can't quite get a handle on things

handled

play \ˈhan-dᵊld\ adjective

handleless

play \ˈhan-dᵊl-(l)əs\ adjective
off the handle
:into a state of sudden and violent anger usually used with fly
  • seemed ready to fly off the handle

Examples of handle in a Sentence

  1. He held the shovel by the handle.

  2. The handles on the bag were torn.

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Origin and Etymology of handle

Middle English handel, from Old English handle; akin to Old English hand

handle Synonyms


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handle

verb

Definition of handle

handled; handling play \ˈhan(d)-liŋ, ˈhan-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to try or examine (as by touching, feeling, or moving) with the hand
  • handle silk to judge its weight
b :to manage with the hands
  • handle a horse
2 a :to deal with in writing or speaking or in the plastic arts
  • He handles the topic briefly in his book.
b :to have overall responsibility for supervising or directing :manage
  • a lawyer handles all my affairs
c :to train and act as the assistant for (a boxer)
  • handles featherweight boxers
d :to put up with :stand
  • can't handle the heat
3 :to act on or perform a required function with regard to
  • handle the day's mail
4 :to engage in the buying, selling, or distributing of (a commodity)
intransitive verb
:to act, behave, or respond in a certain way when handled or directed
  • a car that handles well

handleable

play \ˈhan-dᵊl-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of handle in a Sentence

  1. Handle the fruit carefully or it will bruise.

  2. The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands.

  3. He knows how to handle a motorcycle.

  4. He handles his motorcycle well.

  5. She learned how to handle a weapon.

  6. She handles all the bookkeeping.

  7. The system is handled by the main computer.

  8. She's proven that she can handle anything.

  9. The airport handles both passenger and cargo flights.

  10. She couldn't handle being away from her children for more than a couple of days.

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Origin and Etymology of handle

handle Synonyms

Synonyms
address, contend (with), cope (with), field, grapple (with), hack, manage, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, play, swing, take, treat, come to grips with, have a grip on
Related Words
engineer, finesse, jockey; bring off, carry off, carry out, get off, pull; command, direct, guide, steer; control, micromanage, regulate, run; react (to), respond (to)
Near Antonyms
botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp


HANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

handle

noun

Definition of handle for English Language Learners

  • : a part of something that is designed to be held by your hand


handle

verb

Definition of handle for English Language Learners

  • : to touch, feel, hold, or move (something) with your hand

  • : to manage or control (something) with your hands

  • : to do the work required for (something)


HANDLE Defined for Kids

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handle

noun han·dle \ ˈhan-dəl \

Definition of handle for Students

:the part by which something (as a dish or tool) is picked up or held

handled

\-dəld\ adjective a short-handled broom

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handle

verb

Definition of handle for Students

handled; handling
1 :to touch, feel, hold, or move with the hand Please don't handle the merchandise.
2 :to manage or control especially with the hands
  • He knows how to handle a motorcycle.
3 :manage 1, direct
  • His wife handles the money.
4 :to deal with or act on
  • Firing—the final step in the process … —was handled well by no man.
  • —Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
5 :to deal or trade in
  • This store handles electronics.
6 :to put up with
  • I can't handle this heat.

handler

\ˈhand-lər\ noun


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