Definition of manage in English:

manage

Syllabification: man·age
Pronunciation: /ˈmanij
 
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verb

1 [with object] Be in charge of (a company, establishment, or undertaking); administer; run: their elder son managed the farm
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  • Focus on experiences pertinent to operating and managing a farm business as well as community activities that you and your family are involved in.
  • The business is managed by son Robert and daughters Helen and Jane.
  • The elder son Ashok manages the business while the younger son helps him.
1.1Administer and regulate (resources under one’s control): we manage our cash extremely well
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  • Free access to additional borrowings can make life easy for those who manage their money sensibly, but prove a disaster for spendthrifts.
  • This should serve as a grim warning to those poised to embark on their university careers of the need to manage their money sensibly.
  • The back office mobilises financial resources and manages funds.
1.2Have the position of supervising (staff) at work: the skills needed to manage a young, dynamic team
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  • I have just been promoted to supervisor in an insurance-claims office, managing a staff of 15.
  • Mr Main has been head chef there for two years, managing a kitchen staff of 16.
  • The sisters discovered that managing a staff of 15 with entrenched work practices was not easy.
1.3Be the manager of (a sports team or a performer): he managed five or six bands in his career
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  • He acknowledged the input of Stephen Dormer who had assisted him in managing the team but who was unable to be present this week.
  • Richie Bell was managing the senior team up until the time of his death in February 1994 and his accomplishment of winning three All-Ireland titles in a row by that stage was difficult to follow.
  • Andy Deery is managing the team and anyone who would like to play should ring him.
1.4Maintain control or influence over (a person or animal): she manages horses better than anyone I know
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  • They were spooked, but found a way to manage him.
  • His mother cannot manage him due to his problems and there were also fears for his safety in the community if he was released, the court had also heard.
  • It broke my heart to put her in there but doctors told me I wouldn't be able to manage her.
1.5Control the use or exploitation of (land): the forest is managed to achieve maximum growth
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  • If family forest owners can convince the public that they are managing their lands for long-term sustainability, they believe that can lead to reduced regulations.
  • In exchange, the landowners manage their land to provide habitat for the desired species.
  • Family forest landowners (often known as tree farmers) take pride in managing their lands.
2 [no object] Succeed in surviving or in attaining one’s aims, especially against heavy odds; cope: Catherine managed on five hours' sleep a night
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  • You can get the best of Middle Eastern, especially Egyptian, spices and spice mixes in the dingy shops where you can manage with Hindi.
  • As James Marshall Bridge states, more has to be shared, so it stands to reason that Joe Public has to manage with less as there will be less to go round.
  • It does mean that we are going to have to rent out a base in the centre of town for about a month around festival time, but we'll manage with that.
Synonyms
cope, get along/on, make do, be/fare/do all right, carry on, survive, get by, muddle through/along, fend for oneself, shift for oneself, make ends meet, weather the storm
informal make out, hack it
2.1 [with object] Succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something, especially something difficult): she managed a brave but unconvincing smile [with infinitive]: Beth finally managed to hail a cab ironic one fund managed to lose money
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  • While these tasks can be managed, it is difficult to do so effectively and in a timely manner.
  • Overall, the new President can be said to have managed a fairly difficult balancing act.
  • He tried to find his voice, but it was difficult for him to manage anything but a feeble sounding grunt.
Synonyms
accomplish, achieve, do, carry out, perform, undertake, bring about/off, effect, finish; succeed in, contrive, engineer
2.2 [with object] Succeed in dealing with or withstanding (something): there was more stress and anxiety than he could manage
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  • Those suffering from Tourette's need help to develop strategies for dealing with and managing their tics, and, where necessary, medical treatment.
  • But I had managed to get a supply of special tablets that turn your stomach to concrete, so I could manage the flight.
  • As a footnote, I would reluctantly object to the consumption of food in the mall, but this could easily be dealt with in the same way the shops manage the problem.
2.3 [with object] Be free to attend on (a certain day) or at (a certain time): he could not manage March 24 after all

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'put (a horse) through the paces of the manège'): from Italian maneggiare, based on Latin manus 'hand'.

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