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 formsman·age·men·tal [man-ij-men-tl] /ˌmæn ɪdʒˈmɛn tl/, adjectivean·ti·man·age·ment, adjective, nounnon·man·age·ment, noun, adjectivepro·man·age·ment, adjectiveself-man·age·ment, noun

Synonyms for management Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for management

Contemporary Examples of management

Historical Examples of management

  • They have desired, that I may be consigned over entirely to their management.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The management of the war was the main subject under discussion.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • 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 businessSee also line management, middle management, top management
managers or employers collectively
the technique, practice, or science of managing, controlling or dealing withanger management
the skilful or resourceful use of materials, time, etc
the specific treatment of a disease, disorder, etc
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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

management in Culture


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

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