- 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.
- 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: It 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
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verb man·aged, man·ag·ing, man·ag·es verb, transitive
- To direct or control the use of; handle: manage a complex machine tool.
- a. To exert control over: “Managing the news . . . is the oldest game in town” (James Reston). “A major crisis to be managed loomed on the horizon” (Time).b. To make submissive to one's authority, discipline, or persuasion.
- To direct the affairs or interests of: manage a company; an agency that manages performers. See Synonyms at conduct.
- To succeed in accomplishing or achieving, especially with difficulty; contrive or arrange: managed to get a promotion.
- To direct or conduct business affairs.
- To continue to get along; carry on: learning how to manage on my own.
Origin: Italian maneggiare, from Vulgar Latin *manidiāre, from Latin manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.