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verb (used with object),man·aged, man·ag·ing.
  1. 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?

  2. to take charge or care of: to manage my investments.

  1. to dominate or influence (a person) by tact, flattery, or artifice: He manages the child with exemplary skill.

  2. to handle, direct, govern, or control in action or use: She managed the boat efficiently.

  3. to wield (a weapon, tool, etc.).

  4. to handle or train (a horse) in the exercises of the manège.

  5. Archaic. to use sparingly or with judgment, as health or money; husband.

verb (used without object),man·aged, man·ag·ing.
  1. to conduct business, commercial affairs, etc.; be in charge: Who will manage while the boss is away?

  2. 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

First recorded in 1555–65; earlier manege, from Italian maneggiare “to handle, train (horses),” derivative of mano, from Latin manus “hand”

synonym study For manage

4. See rule.

Other words for manage

Other words from manage

  • o·ver·man·age, verb (used with object), o·ver·man·aged, o·ver·man·ag·ing.
  • quasi-managed, adjective
  • self-man·ag·ing, adjective
  • un·der·man·age, verb (used with object), un·der·man·aged, un·der·man·ag·ing.
  • un·der·man·aged, adjective
  • un·man·aged, adjective
  • well-managed, adjective

Words Nearby manage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use manage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for manage


/ (ˈmænɪdʒ) /

verb(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to be in charge (of); administer: to manage one's affairs; to manage a shop

  2. to succeed in being able (to do something) despite obstacles; contrive: did you manage to go to sleep?

  1. to have room, time, etc, for: can you manage dinner tomorrow?

  2. to exercise control or domination over, often in a tactful or guileful manner

  3. (intr) to contrive to carry on despite difficulties, esp financial ones: he managed quite well on very little money

  4. to wield or handle (a weapon)

  5. rare to be frugal in the use of

  1. an archaic word for manège

Origin of manage

C16: from Italian maneggiare to control, train (esp horses), ultimately from Latin manus hand

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