What does manage mean?

Definitions for manage
ˈmæn ɪdʒman·age

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word manage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pull off, negociate, bring off, carry off, manageverb

    be successful; achieve a goal

    "She succeeded in persuading us all"; "I managed to carry the box upstairs"; "She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it"; "The pianist negociated the difficult runs"

  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. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manageverb

    come to terms with

    "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

  4. oversee, supervise, superintend, manageverb

    watch and direct

    "Who is overseeing this project?"

  5. wangle, finagle, manageverb

    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

  6. do, manageverb

    carry on or function

    "We could do with a little more help around here"

  7. wield, handle, manageverb

    handle effectively

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


  1. managenoun

    The act of managing or controlling something.

  2. managenoun


  3. manageverb

    To direct or be in charge of.

  4. manageverb

    To handle or control (a situation, job).

  5. manageverb

    To handle wth skill, wield (a tool, weapon etc.).

  6. manageverb

    To succeed at an attempt

    He managed to climb the tower.

  7. manageverb

    To achieve without fuss, or without outside help.

  8. Etymology: From manege, probably from maneggiare, from mano, from manus; see manual.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Manageverb

    Etymology: menager, French.

    The fathers had managed the charge of idolatry against the heathens. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Let her at least the vocal brass inspire,
    And tell the nations in no vulgar strain,
    What wars I manage, and what wreaths I gain. Matthew Prior.

    He rode up and down gallantly mounted, managing his horse, and charging and discharging his lance. Richard Knolles.

    They vault from hunters to the manag’d steed. Edward Young.

    Let us stick to our point, and we will manage Bull I’ll warrant you. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    Long tubes are cumbersome, and scarce to be easily managed. Newton.

    There is no more to manage! If I fall,
    It shall be like myself; a setting sun
    Should leave a track of glory in the skies. Dryden.

    The less he had to lose, the less he car’d,
    To manage loathsome life, when love was the reward. Dryd.

    Notwithstanding it was so much his interest to manage his protestant subjects in the country, he made over his principality to France. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  2. Manageverb

    Etymology: mesnage, menage, French.

    To him put
    The manage of my state. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    This might have been prevented,
    With very easy arguments of love,
    Which now the manage of two kingdoms must
    With fearful, bloody issue arbitrate. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    For the rebels which stand out in Ireland,
    Expedient manage must be made, my liege,
    Ere further leisure yield them further means. William Shakespeare.

    Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold, and stir more than they can quiet. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The plea of a good intention will serve to sanctify the worst actions; the proof of which is but too manifest from that scandalous doctrine of the jesuits concerning the direction of the intention, and likewise from the whole manage of the late rebellion. Robert South, Sermons.

    Whenever we take a strong biass, it is not out of a moral incapacity to do better, but for want of a careful manage and discipline to set us right at first. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

    To think to make gold of quicksilver is not to be hoped; for quicksilver will not endure the manage of the fire. Francis Bacon.

    In thy slumbers
    I heard thee murmur tales of iron wars,
    Speak terms of manage to the bounding steed. William Shakespeare.

    The horse you must draw in his career with his manage and turn, doing the curvetto. Henry Peacham.

  3. To Manageverb

    To superintend affairs; to transact.

    Leave them to manage for thee, and to grant
    What their unerring wisdom sees thee want. Dryden.


  1. manage

    Manage generally refers to the act of controlling, supervising, directing, organizing, or overseeing a group, organization, or system in order to attain a goal or perform a certain function. It can also refer to the skillful or effective handling, coping, or use of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Managenoun

    the handling or government of anything, but esp. of a horse; management; administration. See Manege

  2. Managenoun

    to have under control and direction; to conduct; to guide; to administer; to treat; to handle

  3. Managenoun

    hence: Esp., to guide by careful or delicate treatment; to wield with address; to make subservient by artful conduct; to bring around cunningly to one's plans

  4. Managenoun

    to train in the manege, as a horse; to exercise in graceful or artful action

  5. Managenoun

    to treat with care; to husband

  6. Managenoun

    to bring about; to contrive

  7. Manageverb

    to direct affairs; to carry on business or affairs; to administer

  8. Etymology: [F. mange, It. maneggio, fr. maneggiare to manage, fr. L. manushand. Perhaps somewhat influenced by F. mnage housekeeping, OF. mesnage, akin to E. mansion. See Manual, and cf. Manege.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manage

    man′āj, v.t. to guide by use of the hands: to have under command or control: to bring round to one's plans: to conduct with great carefulness: to wield: to handle: to contrive: to train by exercise, as a horse.—v.i. to conduct affairs.—n. Manageabil′ity, the quality of being manageable.—adj. Man′ageable, that can be managed: governable.—n. Man′ageableness.—adv. Man′ageably.—ns. Man′agement, art or act of managing: manner of directing or of using anything: administration: skilful treatment: a body of managers; Man′ager, one who manages: a person who controls a business or other concern.—adj. Managē′rial, of or pertaining to a manager, or to management. [Fr. manége, the managing of a horse—It. maneggio—L. manus, the hand.]

Editors Contribution

  1. manage

    To be responsible for

    They have an amazing ability to mange the global project which is why they have the role

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2021  

  2. manage

    To direct.

    She did manage her work very effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2732

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1386

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manage' in Verbs Frequency: #171

Anagrams for manage »

  1. Meagan

  2. agname

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manage in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of manage in a Sentence

  1. Brian Kropp:

    How do James McQuivey actually lead and manage in a hybrid world ? How do James McQuivey run a meeting where half the people are on the call and half the people are in person ? .

  2. Nicholas McQuire:

    Few people on the planet have the ability to manage the hyper-growth machine that Amazon has been [ better ] than Andy Jassy, and then of course you layer in the most important thing : the ingrained culture and leadership aspects from inside Amazon, which obviously he displays and has proven himself around.

  3. Etienne Berges:

    We usually try to manage the distance by setting down dates, but (the outbreak) upended even our ability to do that.

  4. Michael Hallowes:

    The ability to remotely monitor and manage the human impacts of this coronavirus through data our mobile phones naturally generate and operator networks process lawfully everyday has got to be of great utility to protecting our key workers from having to encounter people in breach, as well was giving us the analysis in real time of how widespread the infection is.

  5. Scott McLean:

    Boughton is the best GOP candidate for winning statewide, he is a center-right candidate in a state where Republicans want to see someone efficiently manage state government and keep taxes low.

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