- to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship: She managed to see the governor. How does she manage it on such a small income?
- to take charge or care of: to manage my investments.
- to dominate or influence (a person) by tact, flattery, or artifice: He manages the child with exemplary skill.
- to handle, direct, govern, or control in action or use: She managed the boat efficiently.
- to wield (a weapon, tool, etc.).
- to handle or train (a horse) in the exercises of the manège.
- Archaic. to use sparingly or with judgment, as health or money; husband.
- to conduct business, commercial affairs, etc.; be in charge: Who will manage while the boss is away?
- to continue to function, progress, or succeed, usually despite hardship or difficulty; get along: How will he manage with his wife gone? It was a rough time, but we managed.
Origin of manage
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for managing
Toomey lives here with her husband, Mark, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and their two daughters.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
“Mostly people on a budget use it,” Franz Dobersberger, managing director of a Bangkok travel agency, told The Daily Beast.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
Her dance career was taking off, though, and she was now managing a very well-known dance studio in Manhattan.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
UPDATE: Managing editor Will Dana took greater responsibility for Rolling Stone's errors in a series of tweets Friday evening.Rolling Stone Said Yesterday U-VA Rape Story Was ‘Entirely Credible’
December 5, 2014
And they said that the blame for managing foreign policy crises can hardly be heaped on the departing secretary.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
Oh, well, I think there are better ways of managing a man than just hammering at him.Alice Adams
He looks discontented, and fierce, as if there was no such thing as soothing and managing him.Imogen
She was proud of her father, and proud of his boats, and proud of his skill in managing them.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
In fact, I know of two who are managing with a good deal less.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
And the tending of living animals may be either a tending of individuals, or a managing of herds.Statesman
- having administrative control or authoritya managing director
- (also intr) to be in charge (of); administerto manage one's affairs; to manage a shop
- to succeed in being able (to do something) despite obstacles; contrivedid you manage to go to sleep?
- to have room, time, etc, forcan you manage dinner tomorrow?
- to exercise control or domination over, often in a tactful or guileful manner
- (intr) to contrive to carry on despite difficulties, esp financial oneshe managed quite well on very little money
- to wield or handle (a weapon)
- rare to be frugal in the use of
- an archaic word for manège
Word Origin and History for managing
1560s, probably from Italian maneggiare "to handle," especially "to control a horse," ultimately from Latin noun manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). Influenced by French manège "horsemanship" (earliest English sense was of handling horses), which also was from Italian. Extended to other objects or business from 1570s. Slang sense of "get by" first recorded 1650s. Related: Managed; managing. Managed economy was used by 1933.