Can handle a jigsaw.
Handles matters of corporate law.
A car that handles well in the snow.
Handles problems efficiently.
An example of a handle is the part of the suitcase that one holds.
An example of to handle is to hold a baby animal.
An example of to handle is to manage a difficult work situation.
A branch office that handles grain exports.
The handle of a suitcase; the handle of a faucet.
Has a handle on the situation.
The car handles well.
Handle of the Sug, Nfld.
- 2011 December 16, Denis Campbell, “Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients'”, Guardian.The findings emerged from questionnaires filled in by 2,211 staff in 145 wards of 55 hospitals in England and Wales and 105 observations of care of dementia patients. Two-thirds of staff said they had not had enough training to provide proper care, 50% said they had not been trained how to communicate properly with such patients and 54% had not been told how to handle challenging or aggressive behaviour.
You should wash your hands before you handle food.
- To conduct oneself in a specified manner:Handled herself well in the interview.
- To be able to defend oneself or fend for oneself:Don't worry about me. I can handle myself.
- to become suddenly or violently angry or excited
- to find a means of dealing with, understanding, etc.
Origin of handle
- Middle English handelen from Old English handlian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (“to handle, feel, deal with, discuss”), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (“to take, grip, feel”), equivalent to hand + -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (“to handle, treat”), Dutch handelen (“to handle, deal, act, negotiate”), German handeln (“to act, trade, negotiate, behave”), Swedish handla (“to buy, trade, deal”), Icelandic höndla (“to handle”).
- Originally Cornish-American, from Cornish hanough (“name”), later hanow (pronounced han'of or han'o).