- 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
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Related Wordseducated, handled, controlled, supervised, influenced, primed, urged, driven, taught, persuaded, guided, counseled, directed, run, ordered, piloted, swayed, compelled, dominated, mastered
Examples from the Web for managed
The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
Then she managed to struggle a mile through dark, rainy woods.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
We've managed to survive, and I want to be a part of that tradition.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
The Chief who went through World War I and then managed to get back into World War II.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He seemed to get a little turned around on the way but managed to reach what might have been presumed to be his destination.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
She managed it with difficulty between the convulsions that were rending her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When the Kings were weak the nobles often managed to get hold of the State.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
With his meager strength he assisted, and the two managed to lower the body gently.Way of the Lawless
She rose then, and with what help Saffy could give her, managed to walk home.Weighed and Wanting
It is worse than folly to expect good from the way that things are now managed.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (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 managed
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.