manage

[man-ij]

verb (used with object), man·aged, man·ag·ing.

verb (used without object), man·aged, man·ag·ing.

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

1555–65; earlier manege < Italian maneggiare to handle, train (horses), derivative of mano < Latin manus hand
Related formso·ver·man·age, verb (used with object), o·ver·man·aged, o·ver·man·ag·ing.qua·si-man·aged, adjectiveself-man·ag·ing, adjectiveun·der·man·age, verb (used with object), un·der·man·aged, un·der·man·ag·ing.un·der·man·aged, adjectiveun·man·aged, adjectivewell-man·aged, adjective

Synonyms for manage

Synonym study

4. See rule.
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Examples from the Web for manage

Contemporary Examples of manage

Historical Examples of manage

  • If I am discharged I think I can manage to pick up a living somehow.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The greatest difficulty with me is how to manage when I get home.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • Either he must get rid of him, or leave his daughter to manage her own affairs.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • I've been in there when it took all my strength to manage him.

  • "I will manage it," said Dr. Everett, speaking in a quick, relieved tone.


British Dictionary definitions for manage

manage

verb (mainly tr)

(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

noun

an archaic word for manège

Word Origin for manage

C16: from Italian maneggiare to control, train (esp horses), ultimately from Latin manus hand
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Word Origin and History for manage
v.

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.

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