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handle

noun

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  1. 1 a part by which an implement is held <was given a set a steak knives with wooden handles> Synonyms grip, haft, handgrip, helve Related Words bar, handlebar; bail, bow, loop; hilt, shaft; crop, whipstock; broomstick

  2. 2 a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is regularly known <likes to go by the handle “Champ”> Synonyms appellation, appellative, cognomen, compellation, denomination, denotation, designation, name, moniker (also monicker), nomenclature, titleRelated Words baptismal name, Christian name, first name, forename, given name; family name, maiden name, middle name, surname; matronymic, patronymic; byname, diminutive, epithet, hypocorism, nickname, sobriquet (also soubriquet); banner, rubric, tag; alias, cryptonym, nom de guerre, nom de plume, pen name, pseudonym; binomial, monomial; trivial name, vernacular; misnomer; brand name, label, trademark, trade name

  3. 3 a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual <since it seemed decreed that every new firefighter have a handle, his was soon “Hulk”> Synonyms alias, byname, cognomen, epithet, nickname, moniker (also monicker), sobriquet (also soubriquet), surnameRelated Words appellation, denomination, denotation, designation, label, tag, title; anonym, nom de guerre, nom de plume, pen name, pseudonym


handle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of handle

  1. 1 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently <as host of a live TV talk show, she must handle any situation that comes up> Synonyms address, contend (with), cope (with), field, grapple (with), hack, manage, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, play, swing, take, treat 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) Phrases come to grips with, have a grip on Near Antonyms botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp

  2. 2 to behave toward in a stated way <handles all requests professionally, even when customers are rude> Synonyms act (toward), be (to), deal (with), treat, serve, useRelated Words consider, esteem, rate, reckon, regard, view; engage (with), react (to), respond (to)

  3. 3 to control the mechanical operation of <learned how to handle basic woodworking power tools> Synonyms operate, run, workRelated Words use; maneuver, manipulate, ply, wield; command, control, direct, drive, guide, pilot, steer

  4. 4 to look after and make decisions about <she takes care of the flower beds, and he handles all the lawn care> Synonyms administer, administrate, carry on, control, direct, govern, guide, conduct, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tendRelated Words care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage

  5. 5 to put up with (something painful or difficult) <I can't handle much more of this foul weather> Synonyms abide, absorb, accept, bide [chiefly dialect], brook, countenance, endure, go, hack, bear, meet, pocket, stand, stick out, stomach, support, sustain, sweat out, take, tolerate, wear [British]Related Words allow, permit, suffer, swallow; reconcile (to); acquiesce, agree (with or to), assent (to), capitulate, consent (to), respect, submit (to), yield (to)Near Antonyms decline, dismiss, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn, turn down; combat, contest, fight, oppose, resist; avoid, bypass, circumvent, dodge, elude, escape, evade, miss; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from)

  6. 6 to be in charge of <I'll be handling the team's workouts while the leader is on vacation> Synonyms captain, boss, head, overlook, oversee, quarterback, superintend, superviseRelated Words administer, command, control, direct, guide, manage, order, run, shepherd, show, steer; monitor, preside (over); govern, reign, rule


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