What does manage mean?

Definitions for manage
ˈmæn ɪdʒman·age

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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

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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. Peter Drucker:

    Until we can manage TIME, we can manage nothing else.

  2. Gregory Asner:

    There are many issues with losing these forests, it isn’t about biodiversity but about water services, carbon sequestration, fire flammability … We can’t stop a drought but the measurements we are making today, the maps we are making today are a key way forward for managers to adjust how they manage these forests.

  3. Shurovi Shurovi:

    I am facing a financial crisis which threatens our survival, if I do not have any income, I cannot support my child. I cannot manage to feed myself as well as my family.

  4. Diego Hernandez:

    When somebody has that kind of a defuse injury, they need support, they need resources, and service dogs are highly trained pieces of equipment, that helps them manage their medication, that can help with seizures, that can help when they fall. The service dogs provide that extra support 24-hours a day, and actually gives the family a reprieve.

  5. Grechen Shirley:

    I've been told by a number of women recently that they've been inspired to run, people are realizing you can do it with small children and I -- They were my biggest hesitation to run, because I didn't know if I could manage a schedule with -- I mean they're 2 and 3 years old.

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