Definition of micromanage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrəʊmanɪdʒ/


[with object]
Control every part, however small, of (an enterprise or activity): he did not want to give the impression that he was micromanaging the war
More example sentences
  • However, while the Centre is moving towards liberalising and loosening controls on industry, it appears to be moving in the opposite direction and tightening controls and micromanaging education.
  • He would be a fool to micromanage a military campaign - a seemingly obvious fact.
  • The most bitter objection that has been leveled at U.S. civilian leaders for the air war against North Vietnam was that they micromanaged the campaign by picking bombing targets themselves.



Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrəʊmanɪdʒm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • Of course, many schools do manage to transform themselves, but key factors in their success - autonomy, innovative leadership, discipline - are undermined by centralisation and micromanagement.
  • It will inevitably need support and guidance from council (read financial backing and political will) to do so, but it shouldn't be overwhelmed with micromanagement.
  • The terms of the debate centre on celebrating personal behaviour, community tidiness, local accessibility, micromanagement, voluntarism, neighbourhood activism, and so on.


Example sentences
  • When the Court sets itself up as a micromanager of policy decisions and provides no clear guidance as to what passes ‘constitutional’ muster and what doesn't, the stakes in any confirmation get higher.
  • Jennifer did tell me she's a micromanager, but she let's the family pitch in and help, too.
  • He's known as a micromanager, who often acts outside and against the advice of his staff.

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