- Manage is defined as to succeed despite difficulties or to control, influence or take charge.
- An example of to manage is to still be able to pay bills despite a job loss.
- An example of to manage is to become the leader of a group project.
transitive verbmanaged, managing
- Obsolete to train (a horse) in its paces; cause to do the exercises of the manège
- to control the movement or behavior of; handle
- to have charge of; direct; administer: to manage a household
- Rare to use carefully; husband
- to get (a person) to do what one wishes, esp. by skill, tact, flattery, etc.
- to bring about by contriving; succeed in accomplishing: often used ironically [he managed to make a mess of it]
Origin of manageItalian maneggiare ; from mano, hand ; from Classical Latin manus: see manual
- to conduct or direct affairs; carry on business
- to find ways to go on functioning; get along somehow; succeed in handling matters
verbman·aged, man·ag·ing, man·ag·es
- a. To have charge of; direct or administer: manage a company; manage a portfolio of assets. See Synonyms at conduct.b. To exert control over; regulate or limit toward a desired end: manage the news to minimize political repercussions; managed smokestack emissions.c. To direct or supervise (employees or other staff): She manages 20 people in the department.d. To act as the manager of (a performer, for example).
- To succeed in accomplishing, achieving, or producing, especially with difficulty: managed to get a promotion; managed a polite goodbye.
- To succeed in coping or dealing with: a drug that improves patients' ability to manage their disease.
- To direct or conduct business affairs.
- To continue to get along; carry on; cope: learning how to manage on my own.
Origin of manageItalian maneggiare, from Vulgar Latin *manidiāre, from Latin manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present manages, present participle managing, simple past and past participle managed)
- To direct or be in charge of.
- To handle or control (a situation, job).
- To handle with skill, wield (a tool, weapon etc.).
- (intransitive) To succeed at an attempt
- He managed to climb the tower.
- (intransitive) To achieve without fuss, or without outside help.
- To train (a horse) in the manege; to exercise in graceful or artful action.
- (now rare) The act of managing or controlling something.
- (horseriding) Manège.
From Early Modern English manage, menage, from Middle English *manage, *menage, from Old French manege (“the handling or training of a horse, horsemanship, riding, maneuvers, proceedings”), probably from Old Italian maneggiare (“to handle, manage, touch, treat”), from mano, from Latin manus (“the hand”); see manual.