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verb (used with object), mi·cro·man·aged, mi·cro·man·ag·ing.
  1. to manage or control with excessive attention to minor details.
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Origin of micromanage

First recorded in 1985–90
Related formsmi·cro·man·age·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for micromanage


  1. (tr) to control (a business or project) with excessive attention to minor details
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Word Origin and History for micromanage


by 1982, from micro- + manage (v.). Related: Micromanagement; micromanaged; micromanaging.

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