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Definition of "manage" []

  • To direct or control the use of; handle: manage a complex machine tool. (verb-transitive)
  • To exert control over: "Managing the news . . . is the oldest game in town” ( James Reston). "A major crisis to be managed loomed on the horizon” ( Time). (verb-transitive)
  • To make submissive to one's authority, discipline, or persuasion. (verb-transitive)
  • To direct the affairs or interests of: manage a company; an agency that manages performers. See Synonyms at conduct. (verb-transitive)
  • To succeed in accomplishing or achieving, especially with difficulty; contrive or arrange: managed to get a promotion. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "manage" in a sentence
  • "Someone posed a question to me about the most likely way that a plural marriage law would handle the exponential increase in relationships to manage from a legal perspective."
  • "And the best they can ever manage is to lob a few dozen rockets at a Turkish military base before getting slaughtered."
  • "Facebook also is removing regional networks because some of them -- such as China -- consist of millions of users, which makes them nearly impossible to manage from a privacy standpoint."