manage

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verb

man·​age ˈma-nij How to pronounce manage (audio)
managed; managing

transitive verb

1
: to handle or direct with a degree of skill: such as
a
: to exercise executive, administrative, and supervisory direction of
manage a business
manage a bond issue
manages a baseball team
b
: to treat with care : husband
managed his resources carefully
c
: to make and keep compliant
can't manage their child
2
: to direct the professional career of
an agency that manages entertainers
3
: to succeed in accomplishing : contrive
managed to escape from prison
4
: to work upon or try to alter for a purpose
manage the press
manage stress

intransitive verb

1
: to achieve one's purpose
He managed only by careful planning.
2
a
: to direct or carry on business or affairs
also : to direct a baseball team
b
: to admit of being carried on

manage

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noun

1
a
: the schooling or handling of a horse
b
: a riding school
c
archaic : the action and paces of a trained riding horse
2
obsolete : management
Choose the Right Synonym for manage

conduct, manage, control, direct mean to use one's powers to lead, guide, or dominate.

conduct implies taking responsibility for the acts and achievements of a group.

conducted negotiations

manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result.

manages a meat market

control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course.

controlling his appetite

direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation.

directs the store's day-to-day business

Example Sentences

Verb The business is managed by the owner's daughter. The company is badly managed. When she managed the department, we never missed a deadline. He manages his own finances. an agency that manages entertainers He is skillful in managing horses. There's enough food if we manage it well. We need to do a better job of managing our natural resources. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Monsters are monolithic, self-pleasing, and blood-loving evil beings who can’t manage to scrape up even a page of reader sympathy. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2022 Wakanda Forever did not quite manage to match its predecessor, 2018’s Black Panther, which opened to $202 Million domestically. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 14 Nov. 2022 The Gulls did not manage a shot on goal until nearly 10 minutes into the game despite having an early power play chance and finished the opening period with only three shots to Bakersfield’s 13. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Griffin also struggled in the Illinois gubernatorial race, throwing $50 million behind Richard Irvin, who could not manage to win the Republican primary. Dan Alexander, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Such maneuvers are all but impossible to commit at the national level because Congress can’t use tax laws to punish individual companies and does not manage any pension funds. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 9 Nov. 2022 The rugged Traxxas TRX-4 Land Rover Defender is made to tackle extreme off-road condition, blowing past terrain that most RC trucks can't manage. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 8 Nov. 2022 Ohio State came into the game averaging 7.75 yards per play, but couldn’t manage half of that (3.7) in the first half. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 But what sea mines couldn’t manage, the Russian navy did. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022
Noun
Continue to look for ways for Brissett to game manage while minimizing mistakes. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2022 Long-standing treatments on the market manage symptoms, and researchers don’t fully understand what causes the disease. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 4 Oct. 2022 That power should help the 2023 300C manage 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds, the company said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 13 Sep. 2022 The study helps answer the pragmatic question of how ducklings swimming in formation manage to reduce the energy expenditure of individual ducklings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 However, Bacon’s performance as well as Finn’s detailed craft manage to hold tension, and the audience’s attention, for the nearly-two-hour runtime of this horror curio, which is as opaque and somewhat silly as the smiles that drive it. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 However, Bacon’s performance as well as Finn’s detailed craft manage to hold tension, and the audience’s attention, for the hour and 55 minute runtime of this horror curio, which is as opaque and somewhat silly as the smiles that drive it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2022 Roughly half survive five years and only about a third manage to make 10 years. Nick Chandi, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Controllers at the center manage airspace in northern Florida, big chunks of central Florida and parts of other southeastern states. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Italian maneggiare, from mano hand, from Latin manus

Noun

Italian maneggio management, training of a horse, from maneggiare

First Known Use

Verb

1561, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1c

Time Traveler
The first known use of manage was in 1561

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Cite this Entry

“Manage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manage. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

manage

verb

man·​age
ˈman-ij
managed; managing
1
: to look after and make decisions about : direct
manage a factory
2
: to make and keep under one's control : handle
manages her skis well
skill in managing horses
3
: to treat with care : husband
there's enough food if it's managed well
4
: to succeed in one's purpose : get along
manages despite a heavy schedule
always manages to win somehow
5
: to work upon or try to alter for a purpose
manage stress
6
: to direct the professional career of
an agency managing performers
manageability
ˌman-ij-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē
noun
manageable
ˈman-ij-ə-bəl
adjective

Medical Definition

manage

transitive verb

man·​age ˈman-ij How to pronounce manage (audio)
managed; managing
: to conduct the management of
poorly managed diabetes

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