- 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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- (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 overmanage
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.