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[man-ij-muh nt] /ˈmæn ɪdʒ mənt/
the act or manner of managing; handling, direction, or control.
skill in managing; executive ability:
great management and tact.
the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business, institution, etc.:
The store is under new management.
executives collectively, considered as a class (distinguished from labor).
Origin of management
First recorded in 1590-1600; manage + -ment
Related forms
[man-ij-men-tl] /ˌmæn ɪdʒˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
antimanagement, adjective, noun
nonmanagement, noun, adjective
promanagement, adjective
self-management, noun
1. regulation, administration; superintendence, care, charge, conduct, guidance, treatment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The management of the war was the main subject under discussion.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • They have desired, that I may be consigned over entirely to their management.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Her brother and her sister desire that she may be left to their management.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I know little of them; and happily we shall not be dependent on the result of my management.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • It ought to have been a very profitable Bank, if he had much to do with its management.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for management


the members of the executive or administration of an organization or business See also line management, middle management, top management
managers or employers collectively
the technique, practice, or science of managing, controlling or dealing with: anger management
the skilful or resourceful use of materials, time, etc
the specific treatment of a disease, disorder, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for management

1590s, "act of managing," from manage + -ment. Meaning "governing body" (originally of a theater) is from 1739.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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management in Culture

management definition

The body of individuals who run major businesses, usually without owning them but often with the reward of stock options.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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