manage
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmænɪdʒ/
  • (America)
    • (America, weak vowel) IPA: en-us-manage.ogg
    • (no weak vowel merger) IPA: /ˈmænɪdʒ/
Verb

manage (manages, present participle managing; past and past participle managed)

  1. (transitive) To direct or be in charge of.
  2. (transitive) To handle or control (a situation, job).
  3. (transitive) To handle with skill, wield (a tool, weapon etc.).
    • 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
      It was so much his interest to manage his Protestant subjects.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ii:
      The most vnruly, and the boldest boy, / That euer warlike weapons menaged [...].
  4. (intransitive) To succeed at an attempt.
    He managed to climb the tower.
  5. (ambitransitive) To achieve (something) without fuss, or without outside help.
    It's a tough job, but I'll manage.
  6. To train (a horse) in the manège; to exercise in graceful or artful action.
  7. (obsolete) To treat with care; to husband.
  8. (obsolete) To bring about; to contrive.
Synonyms
  • (To handle with skill, wield) bewield
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manage (uncountable)

  1. (now rare) The act of managing or controlling something.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.xii:
      the winged God himselfe / Came riding on a Lion rauenous, / Taught to obay the menage of that Elfe [...].
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Youth and Age
      Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl
  2. (horseriding) Manège.
    • You must draw the horse in his career with his manage, and turn, doing the corvetto and leaping.



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