What does handle mean?

Definitions for handle
ˈhæn dlhan·dle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. handle, grip, handgrip, holdverb

    the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

    "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

  2. manage, deal, care, handleverb

    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

    "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"

  3. treat, handle, do byverb

    interact in a certain way

    "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"

  4. cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, addressverb

    act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

    "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"

  5. handle, palmverb

    touch, lift, or hold with the hands

    "Don't handle the merchandise"

  6. wield, handle, manageverb

    handle effectively

    "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"

  7. handleverb

    show and train

    "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Handlenoun

    Etymology: handle, Saxon.

    No hand of blood and bone
    Can gripe the sacred handle of our sceptre,
    Unless he do prophane, steal, or usurp. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Fortune turneth the handle of the bottle, which is easy to be taken hold of; and after the belly, which is hard to grasp. Francis Bacon, Ornam. Ration.

    There is nothing but hath a double handle, or at least we have two hands to apprehend it. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    A carpenter, that had got the iron work of an ax, begged only so much wood as would make a handle to it. Roger L'Estrange.

    Of bone the handles of my knives are made,
    Yet no ill taste from thence affects the blade,
    Or what I carve; nor is there ever left
    Any unsav’ry haut-goust from the haft. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    A beam there was, on which a beechen pail
    Hung by the handle on a driven nail. John Dryden, Fables.

    They overturned him in all his interests by the sure but fatal handle of his own good nature. Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To Handleverb

    Etymology: handelen, Dutch, from hand.

    The bodies which we daily handle make us perceive, that whilst they remain between them, they hinder the approach of the parts of our hands that press them. John Locke.

    That fellow handles his bow like a cowkeeper. William Shakespeare.

    An incurable shyness is the general vice of the Irish horses, and is hardly ever seen in Flanders, because the hardness of the Winters forces the breeders there to house and handle their colts six months every year. William Temple.

    He left nothing fitting for the purpose
    Untouch’d, or slightly handled in discourse. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I tell thee, I am mad
    In Cressid’s love: thou answer’st, she is fair;
    Pour’st in the open ulcer of my heart
    Her eyes, her hair, her cheek, her gait, her voice,
    Thou handlest in thy discourse. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Leaving to the author the exact handling of every particular, and labouring to follow the rules of abridgment. 2 Mac.

    Of a number of other like instances we shall speak more, when we handle the communication of sounds. Francis Bacon.

    By Guidus Ubaldus, in his treatise, for the explication of this instrument, the subtleties of it are largely and excellently handled. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    In an argument, handled thus briefly, every thing cannot be said. Francis Atterbury, Sermons, Preface.

    They that handle the law know me not. Jer. ii. 8.

    Talbot, my life, my joy, again return’d!
    How wert thou handled, being prisoner? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    They were well enough pleased to be rid of an enemy that had handled them so ill. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Pray you, my lord, give me leave to question; you shall see how I’ll handle her. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handleverb

    to touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand

  2. Handleverb

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

  3. Handleverb

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

  4. Handleverb

    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

  5. Handleverb

    to deal with; to make a business of

  6. Handleverb

    to treat; to use, well or ill

  7. Handleverb

    to manage; to control; to practice skill upon

  8. Handleverb

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

  9. Handleverb

    to use the hands

  10. Handlenoun

    that part of vessels, instruments, etc., 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

  11. Handlenoun

    that of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool

  12. Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]


  1. Handle

    A handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand. The design of each type of handle involves substantial ergonomic issues, even where these are dealt with intuitively or by following tradition. Handles for tools are an important part of their function, enabling the user to exploit the tools to maximum effect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handle

    hand′l, v.t. to touch, hold, or use with the hand: to make familiar by frequent touching: to manage: to discuss: to practise: to trade or do business in.—v.i. to use the hands.—n. that part of anything held in the hand: (fig.) that of which use is made: a tool: occasion, opportunity, pretext.—ns. Hand′ler, a person skilful in any special kind of manipulation; Hand′ling, the touching or managing with the hand: action: manner of touch.--A handle to the name, an adjunct of honour, as 'Dr,' 'Col.,' &c.; Give a handle, to furnish an occasion to. [A.S. handlianhand, a hand.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. handle

    1. [from CB slang] An electronic pseudonym; a nom de guerre intended to conceal the user's true identity. Network and BBS handles function as the same sort of simultaneous concealment and display one finds on Citizen's Band radio, from which the term was adopted. Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of warez d00dz, crackers, weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network life; true hackers travel on their own reputations rather than invented legendry. Compare nick, screen name. 2. A magic cookie, often in the form of a numeric index into some array somewhere, through which you can manipulate an object like a file or window. The form file handle is especially common. 3. [Mac] A pointer to a pointer to dynamically-allocated memory; the extra level of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction (to cut down on fragmentation) or aging out of unused resources, with minimal impact on the (possibly multiple) parts of the larger program containing references to the allocated memory. Compare snap (to snap a handle would defeat its purpose); see also aliasing bug, dangling pointer.


  1. Handle

    Introducing: Handle, the world's first priority engine. Handle helps you keep priorities straight. Handle combines the best of behavioral and computer science to create a sticky app focused on improved outcomes. We want you to work better and play better, too.Your day changes constantly. New obstacles threaten accomplishment. Supposedly urgent tasks materialize out of nowhere. Priorities change meeting-by-meeting, and minute-by-minute. The Handle experience begins with a new approach to the familiar email inbox. Most people receive their work assignments via email. With Handle you prioritize emails first, and answer them later. By focusing on priorities, you naturally spend your time and attention on what matters most.Handle also places your priorities on a daily working calendar, assigning tasks to time, in the proper order. Most of us only complete a small portion of our overall priority list because we run out of time. Handle is designed to help you concentrate on the priorities you want to accomplish today, in the time you have available.Big picture, Handle helps you create a clear plan for doing great, timely work. Handle isn't just an inbox, or a productivity tool. It's a methodology based on science and substance, and a way of thinking about modern work that maps to how the world's most effective people get things done.Today's your day. Handle it.Handle is headquartered in San Francisco and run by a group of people dedicated to helping increase human productivity. Learn more and sign up at http://www.handle.com.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. handle

    The title prefixed to a person's name.--To handle a ship well, is to work her in a seamanlike manner.

Editors Contribution

  1. handle

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are various handles created for various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

  2. handle

    To manage effectively.

    We knew we could handle anything.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3795

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3036

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Nouns Frequency: #2156

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Verbs Frequency: #351

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of handle in a Sentence

  1. Richard Liu:

    For me, personally, I will focus more on new businesses, for mature businesses, our team can handle that.

  2. President Donald Trump.Obama:

    If Iowa showed that I could win the presidency, New Hampshire showed I could handle the presidency.

  3. Joshua Morrison:

    They're overwhelmed, like she told the county commission a few weeks ago, it's manpower and money that are necessary to fight crime and also handle Donald Trump.

  4. Henry Ford:

    It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

  5. Chris Christie:

    Let's get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble and let's see him play for the next week in New Hampshire. I'm ready to play. I hope he is because I'll be ready to see him on stage on Saturday night, it's time for him to man up and step up and stop letting all of his handlers write his speeches and handle him, because that's what they do, that's what you have to do for somebody has never done anything in their life.

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Translations for handle

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  • مقبض, مقبArabic
  • тотҡа, һапBashkir
  • maneta, tirador, nansa, mànecCatalan, Valencian
  • rukojeť, držadloCzech
  • håndtagDanish
  • GriffGerman
  • λαβή, χειρολαβή, χερούλι, παρανόμι, ψευδώνυμοGreek
  • manilla, asa, instrumento, mango, manija, tiradorSpanish
  • دسته, رسیدگیPersian
  • tunnustella, [[käydä]] [[kauppa]]a, kohdella, käsitellä, otin, väline, vaihto, kädensija, kahva, [[käyttää]] [[käsi, hoitaa, kosketella, lempinimiFinnish
  • manœuvrer, paris, manette, brancard, anse, châsse, mancheron, barre de manœuvre, pencher, indicateur, poignée, manipuler, traiter, manier, levier, manchon, gérer, tâter, outil, tirette, manche, instrument, indicatif, pseudonymeFrench
  • lámhIrish
  • cas, cluas, làmhScottish Gaelic
  • טיפלHebrew
  • fül, markolat, nyél, fogóHungarian
  • mancheto, manchoIdo
  • manico, impugnaturaItalian
  • ハンドルJapanese
  • სახელურიGeorgian
  • kāts, spalsLatvian
  • kakau, kawau, puritanga, taukaweMāori
  • држач, ракува, напипува, раководи, врачува, нафаќа, рачка, дршкаMacedonian
  • pemegangMalay
  • håndtereNorwegian
  • aanraken, aanpakken, behandelen, omgaan met, handvat, omgaan, hanteren, handgreep, in de hand houden, gebruiken, onder handen nemen, zich bezighouden met, heft, betasten, houden, bedienen, hengselDutch
  • handtereNorwegian Nynorsk
  • håndtak, klare, hendelNorwegian
  • uchwyt, rączka, gałka, klamkaPolish
  • cabo, maçanetaPortuguese
  • mânerRomanian
  • ручка, рукояткаRussian
  • držalo, držač, rukovati, drška, ručkaSerbo-Croatian
  • handtag, behandla, handskas medSwedish
  • сапTatar
  • оброблятиUkrainian

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    the act of carrying something
    • A. aggravate
    • B. conceal
    • C. carry
    • D. refine

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