Handle definitions

hăn'dl
The definition of a handle is a part of something used for holding it.

An example of a handle is the part of the suitcase that one holds.

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To operate with the hands; manipulate.

Can handle a jigsaw.

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To deal with or have responsibility for; conduct.

Handles matters of corporate law.

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To cope with or dispose of.

Handles problems efficiently.

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To deal or trade in the purchase or sale of.

A branch office that handles grain exports.

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To direct, execute, or dispose of.

Handle an investment.

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To manage, administer to, or represent.

Handle a boxer.

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To act or function in a given way while in operation.

A car that handles well in the snow.

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A part that is designed to be held or operated with the hand.

The handle of a suitcase; the handle of a faucet.

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A means of understanding or control.

Has a handle on the situation.

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The total amount of money bet on an event or over a set period of time.
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A person's name.
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An alternate name or nickname, especially one chosen for self-identification on online forums or citizens band radio.
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That part of a utensil, tool, etc. which is to be held, turned, lifted, pulled, etc. with the hand.
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A thing like a handle in appearance or use.
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The total amount of money bet over a specified period of time, as at a racetrack.
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A person's name, nickname, or title.
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To touch, lift, etc. with the hand or hands.
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To manage, operate, or use with the hand or hands; manipulate.
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To manage, control, direct, train, etc.
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To sell or deal in (a certain commodity)
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To behave toward; treat.
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To deal with or treat in a particular way.

To handle a problem tactfully.

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To deal with successfully or appropriately.
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To come to terms with psychologically.

He just can't handle it.

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To respond or submit to control.

The car handles well.

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(1) Slang for a nickname, pseudonym, alias or username. For example, a Twitter handle is how people identify themselves on Twitter. For decades, "CB handles" have been the short but unique identities truck drivers use over citizens' band radio (see CB radio).
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The largest number in a price or index value. For instance, if the S&P 500 is at 860, traders talk about the “8” handle. If a foreign exchange dealer quotes a price for dollar/yen as 85/95, the dealer means he or she would sell it at 120.85 and buy it at 120.95. The handle of 120 would be left out. Handle is a form of short-hand that traders use to save time; in the examples above, suppose that it is general knowledge that the S&P 500 is 800-something or that dollar-yen is 120-something. Communicating those two pieces of information would waste time in a quick trading conversation.
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A part of an object which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.
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That of which use is made; an instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
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(Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
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(US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol.
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(computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.

This article describes how to find the module name from the window handle.

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(gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.

The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.

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(geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.

Handle of the Sug, Nfld.

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(textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
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(topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
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(intransitive) To use the hands.

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To touch; to feel with the hand.

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To use or hold with the hand.

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To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.

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To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.

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To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock.
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To deal with; to make a business of.
  • 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.

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To treat; to use, well or ill.

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To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.

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To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.

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(soccer) To touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
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(slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
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Handle is defined as to hold or deal with something.

An example of to handle is to hold a baby animal.

An example of to handle is to manage a difficult work situation.

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To touch, lift, or hold with the hands.

You should wash your hands before you handle food.

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Origin of handle

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”).