Definition of "handle" []

  • To touch, lift, or hold with the hands. (verb-transitive)
  • To operate with the hands; manipulate. (verb-transitive)
  • To deal with or have responsibility for; conduct: handles matters of corporate law. (verb-transitive)
  • To cope with or dispose of: handles problems efficiently. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct, execute, or dispose of: handle an investment. (verb-transitive)
  • The part of a utensil, drawer, etc, designed to be held in order to move, use, or pick up the object (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A glass beer mug with a handle (noun)
  • A person's name or title (noun)
  • An opportunity, reason, or excuse for doing something (noun)
  • The quality, as of textiles, perceived by touching or feeling (noun)
  • The total amount of a bet on a horse race or similar event (noun)
  • To pick up and hold, move, or touch with the hands (verb)
  • To operate or employ using the hands (verb)
  • To have power or control over (verb)
  • To manage successfully (verb)
  • To discuss (a theme, subject, etc) (verb)
  • To deal with or treat in a specified way (verb)
  • To trade or deal in (specified merchandise) (verb)
  • To react or respond in a specified way to operation or control (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "handle" in a sentence
  • "Turning the handle is a bit boring but it takes the slog out of simple stuff like this."
  • "You can sponsor someone as long as it's not "Will in Seattle" or whatever his handle is these days."
  • "What ends up happening as you turn the handle is the line winds on in one short stroke, then one long based on the angle you set the spool."