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handle

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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2 to behave toward in a stated way
  • handles all requests professionally, even when customers are rude

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3 to control the mechanical operation of
  • learned how to handle basic woodworking power tools

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4 to look after and make decisions about
  • she takes care of the flower beds, and he handles all the lawn care

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5 to put up with (something painful or difficult)
  • I can't handle much more of this foul weather

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6 to be in charge of
  • I'll be handling the team's workouts while the leader is on vacation

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handle

noun

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1 a part by which an implement is held
  • was given a set a steak knives with wooden handles

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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"

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The first known use of handle was before the 12th century

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“Handle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/handle. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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