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 self-management

Historical Examples of self-management

  • Its only hope lies in a capacity for self-management, self-rule, which means self-control.

  • By self-management is meant the pupil's use of his time, his abilities, his knowledge, and the like.

    The Psychology of Arithmetic

    Edward L. Thorndike

  • The fact that he was a son was of no avail to him in the "far country," in the place of self-will and self-management.

    Separation and Service

    James Hudson Taylor

  • Scientific Management is applicable to self-management as well as to managing others.

British Dictionary definitions for self-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 self-management



1590s, "act of managing," from manage + -ment. Meaning "governing body" (originally of a theater) is from 1739.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-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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