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.

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.

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. Phil Murphy:

    We are not going to manage COVID to zero, we have to learn how to live with COVID as we move from a pandemic to an endemic phase of this virus.

  2. Georgia Hull:

    She can’t chew, and she’s eating mashed up foods and drinking through a straw. But we’re getting there. they are absolutely amazing and we can’t manage without them, she said. It saved an awful lot of time for us that day in getting her to hospital. We’ve got a lot of fundraising going on for the air ambulance as a result of this. The guy who drove Georgia from the track to meet the air ambulance, he has had a long beard for 20 years and at the Royal Cornwall Show he is shaving it off to raise funds.

  3. Guy Keltner:

    We've seen this happen for years, we'll see if new regulation comes out of this or if the company responds in a way that feels genuine and not just, 'how do we manage the bad PR.'.

  4. Robert Charles Benchley:

    A great many people have come up to me and asked me how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated. My answer is 'Don't you wish you knew'

  5. Christian Yates:

    What we've been able to tease out from the mathematical model is it's not necessarily that these cells are migrating in a directed way, actually these cells are diffusing, there's no direction to their migration. It's like when you put a drop of milk into a cup of coffee that you haven't stirred. Eventually that milk will be spread evenly throughout your coffee, and these cells are doing the same sort of thing - they're moving in an undirected manner and eventually, slowly, they manage to fully colonize the skin of this animal.

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