Definition of manage in English:



  • 1with object Be in charge of (a business, organization, or undertaking); run.

    ‘their elder son managed the farm’
    • ‘One active owner manages the business; the other oversees engineering.’
    • ‘It is run by my mom, who retired from being a college professor at Colgate to manage the organization full-time.’
    • ‘Adaptive Venture Managers was created in 1995 to invest in and manage small businesses with new product ideas.’
    • ‘Now, you can manage an organization like that, but you have to understand the limits of what they can do.’
    • ‘It is run by adults with learning disabilities, giving them the opportunity to manage their own business.’
    • ‘Here students learn to wriggle out of complex situations while managing a business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some cases mergers might be driven by the desire of business leaders to manage a larger entity, and perhaps to operate at a global, rather than local, level.’
    • ‘In fact, it is essential that such a business is managed by the whole community.’
    • ‘Focus on experiences pertinent to operating and managing a farm business as well as community activities that you and your family are involved in.’
    • ‘She describes her achievement as due to a phenomenal ability to plan, organize and manage a type of business which is traditionally run by men.’
    • ‘Jeremy was managing his father's business in January 1998 when the two pigs broke loose.’
    • ‘I'll never understand how you managed an emerging business and emerging family at the same time.’
    • ‘He relied upon his close-knit clan not only to manage the business at auxiliary plants but also to oversee the company crèches and schools.’
    • ‘A Cooperative enterprise involves a group of people who combine resources to run and manage a business or a social organisation.’
    • ‘These advisors help the firms to manage their businesses to compete more effectively in market-driven economies.’
    • ‘It is not enough to tell the merchant to manage his business properly.’
    • ‘The NES is a part-time business development programme aimed at anyone wanting to start and manage their own business.’
    • ‘He had been driving to the premises with Basharat, who was due to manage the business, when the collision occurred near Samlesbury Hall.’
    be in charge of, run, be head of, head, direct, control, preside over, lead, govern, rule, command, superintend, supervise, oversee, administer, organize, conduct, handle, take forward, guide, be at the helm of
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    1. 1.1 Have the position of supervising (staff) at work.
      ‘the skills needed to manage a young, dynamic team’
      • ‘He joined Starwood last year to take up his post at the Westin, where he will manage a staff of 170.’
      • ‘What has allowed Catmull to manage Pixar's eccentric staff is his nearly egoless leadership.’
      • ‘Mr Main has been head chef there for two years, managing a kitchen staff of 16.’
      • ‘But the way it manages its own staff is also seen as critical.’
      • ‘As site supervisor, she also manages the operators, including the two partners.’
      • ‘I have just been promoted to supervisor in an insurance-claims office, managing a staff of 15.’
      • ‘I am obviously a manager and I want to manage my staff regardless of their colour, their sexuality, their gender.’
      • ‘If you own or manage staff in a small-to-mid size company, it would pay you great dividends to set aside some money for training.’
      • ‘The sisters discovered that managing a staff of 15 with entrenched work practices was not easy.’
      • ‘In his new position, Schaller manages the 13 people on the political staff, Lukens said.’
      • ‘And of course, the longer the delay, the harder it became to manage an increasingly mutinous staff.’
      • ‘David Drebberman from River Murray Water, manages the staff who control the locks and barrages.’
      • ‘In August 1997, I was accused of being unfit to organise meetings and manage staff.’
      • ‘At that time it was not anticipated that he would be managing any floor staff.’
      • ‘They must manage the news staff in ways that enable individuals to achieve full potential in their jobs.’
      • ‘Staff are managed to meet transaction quotas and keep calls short.’
      • ‘This meant clients provided space for the auditors and helped to manage the staff working for them, he said.’
      • ‘Let's face it, managing a staff of fitness instructors is not a typical administrative job.’
      • ‘Here's how several CEOs build and manage their staff.’
      • ‘Stick to deadlines, practice good time management, and learn how to manage a staff.’
      supervise, oversee, be in charge of, be in control of, preside over, direct, administer, run, look after, be responsible for, govern, operate, conduct, handle, steer, pilot
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    2. 1.2 Be the manager of (a sports team or a performer)
      ‘he managed five or six bands in his career’
      • ‘Ten years later, when Herman was managing a team in the Cuban Winter League, he saw Hemingway again at the ball park.’
      • ‘A knowledge of how to handle conflict can remove much of the stress from those who manage teams and can make it a more enjoyable experience for them.’
      • ‘Why did she manage a baseball team if she didn't like people of different colours?’
      • ‘Good luck also to the mother and son team of Maura and Kenneth Kerins who coach and manage the teams.’
      • ‘So although I have been based in U.S. cities for my jobs, I travel extensively and manage teams worldwide.’
      • ‘Today's match at Caledonian stadium will be the first time Strachan has managed a team from the stand rather than the dugout.’
      • ‘Old Firm fans who might be tempted down the sectarian route ought to look at the men who manage their respective teams.’
      • ‘Jefferies rode for three years with Mr Valentine when he was managing the Yamaha team in the late 1990s.’
      • ‘His late father, Barney Durkan, played for Mayo and managed the home team also.’
      • ‘The girls team was managed by Michelle Switzer, a former Rounders Gold Medalist.’
      • ‘She managed the team from 1988 to 1995 and has been the Secretary of the club from day one.’
      • ‘This year he managed the Irish Youths team which competed in the Euro championship in Poland.’
      • ‘He acknowledged the input of Stephen Dormer who had assisted him in managing the team but who was unable to be present this week.’
      • ‘‘He not only manages my team, but also three others and treats them all equally,’ wrote Peter.’
      • ‘He turned out for his native Derrybeg, where incidentally he lived for forty years, and later went on to manage the team.’
      • ‘He walked off the pitch unsure whether he would ever manage the team again.’
      • ‘Andy Deery is managing the team and anyone who would like to play should ring him.’
      • ‘Your correspondent made the point that in a few years time, coaching badges will become compulsory to manage any team in Mayo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Winnett, 54, of Cheam Road in Ewell, manages a rugby team in which Alcindor plays.’
      • ‘Fuller was already managing Annie Lennox and 1980s dance act Paul Hardcastle.’
      be in charge of, run, be head of, head, direct, control, preside over, lead, govern, rule, command, superintend, supervise, oversee, administer, organize, conduct, handle, take forward, guide, be at the helm of
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    3. 1.3 Use (money, time, or other resources) sensibly.
      ‘we manage our cash extremely well’
      • ‘Though the scale may be different, everybody else with money to manage is looking at a similar picture right now.’
      • ‘An Action Aid survey found that most farmers did not have the expertise, time or funds to manage water resources properly.’
      • ‘This should serve as a grim warning to those poised to embark on their university careers of the need to manage their money sensibly.’
      • ‘It found that students worry about leading an independent life, dealing with antisocial flatmates and managing their finances.’
      • ‘Representative payees helped respondents manage money and pay rent in a timely fashion.’
      • ‘More worrying are signs that banks are losing patience with sensible, responsible customers who manage our money properly and do not get into debt.’
      • ‘Many families say they do not have enough money to save, but if you manage your money tightly spare cash is usually available.’
      • ‘However, it is important to set up a trust fund to manage this money.’
      • ‘You tell me to always serve warm rolls wrapped in a fresh napkin and to never let a man manage all of my money.’
      • ‘I have made the choice to be a farmer and to manage a finite renewable resource such as water.’
      • ‘It oversees banks and thrifts, manages the nation's money, and influences the economy.’
      • ‘It enables district and regional councils to manage New Zealand's resources on land, water, sky and sea.’
      • ‘Free access to additional borrowings can make life easy for those who manage their money sensibly, but prove a disaster for spendthrifts.’
      • ‘First, you must manage your money in a sensible way to accumulate wealth.’
      • ‘The back office mobilises financial resources and manages funds.’
      organize, take care of, administer, regulate, deal with efficiently
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    4. 1.4 Maintain control over (a person or animal)
      ‘she manages horses better than anyone I know’
      • ‘It broke my heart to put her in there but doctors told me I wouldn't be able to manage her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were spooked, but found a way to manage him.’
      control, handle, master, influence, manipulate
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    5. 1.5 Control the use or exploitation of (land)
      ‘the forest is managed to achieve maximum growth’
      • ‘In exchange, the landowners manage their land to provide habitat for the desired species.’
      • ‘How we manage the private land between these fragments of remnant vegetation is more important than what we do inside the islands of bushland.’
      • ‘The independent review of the Regional Forest Agreement has found that we are managing our forests sustainably.’
      • ‘Our coach was Paul Hart, who now manages Nottingham Forest, and you didn't mess with him.’
      • ‘I think that Forestry Tasmania manages the forest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Holmes' department is making moves to better manage the land that most Australians write off as useless.’
      • ‘While some farming cooperatives such as Nueva Vida are managing their lands wisely, others are tempted by the financial rewards of large-scale logging.’
      • ‘New South Wales State Forests own and manage the land on which the experiment is situated.’
      • ‘The fact is that both the old parties are a disaster when it comes to managing Victoria's forests.’
      • ‘Richard uses this training and his experience to suggest how a parcel of land should be managed.’
      • ‘Family forest landowners (often known as tree farmers) take pride in managing their lands.’
      • ‘The landowner specifically sought Specht out as a tenant because he wanted an organic farmer managing his land.’
      • ‘This case study demonstrates the holistic approach that Coillte is taking to managing its forests.’
      • ‘Larry Walton, whose team is still managing the land under a short-term timber supply contract, admits the prospects of the state assuming control make him nervous.’
      • ‘A volunteer group has voted to continue managing the Seven Fields Nature reserve’
      • ‘In fact, the divide is much more practical, between those who would manage our land and those who would not.’
  • 2no object Succeed in surviving or in achieving something despite difficult circumstances; cope.

    ‘Catherine managed on five hours' sleep a night’
    • ‘We are concerned to know how people are managing in these difficult circumstances in terms of food’
    • ‘They're usually the ones who've been around for a while, and they usually manage with the barest minimum of speaker support.’
    • ‘A clean, seamless line is needed for Oh Foolish Fay, which she cannot quite manage with her operatic vibrato.’
    • ‘As you have to get close, you have to manage with a very limited depth of field.’
    • ‘But times are hard and the place where we work couldn't manage with two people doing one person's job.’
    • ‘I used to argue with him because I couldn't manage with the children, but he wouldn't listen.’
    • ‘You can get the best of Middle Eastern, especially Egyptian, spices and spice mixes in the dingy shops where you can manage with Hindi.’
    • ‘So how did we manage with cultural correspondences but no common language?’
    • ‘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 has been told that it must manage with standstill budgets for at least the next year.’
    • ‘From lodging to food and other requirements, they have to manage with the limited monthly salary.’
    • ‘Bringing up baby is demanding enough, but how do parents manage with twins or triplets?’
    • ‘However, if absolutely necessary you could manage with a laptop in the passenger seat as your navigator.’
    • ‘For several months, the unit continued to manage with limited logistical assets.’
    • ‘And before you joined Grow, how did you manage with your three kids?’
    • ‘Academic freedom and tenure may be at risk as our institutions determine how to manage with reduced funding.’
    • ‘There was no doctor on board and not even another woman, and Golda and I had to manage with the assistance of the steward.’
    • ‘Though initially we thought we could manage with our English, it was not so.’
    • ‘If only one ear is affected then one can manage with the other normal ear.’
    • ‘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.’
    cope, get along, get on, make do, be all right, do all right, fare all right, carry on, survive, deal with the situation, scrape along, scrape by, muddle along, muddle through, fend for oneself, shift for oneself, make ends meet, weather the storm
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    1. 2.1with object Succeed in achieving or producing (something difficult)
      ‘she managed a brave but unconvincing smile’
      with infinitive ‘Blanche finally managed to hail a cab’
      • ‘He tried to find his voice, but it was difficult for him to manage anything but a feeble sounding grunt.’
      • ‘You can be very extravagant in both your affections and your finances, finding it difficult to manage both.’
      • ‘The guitar shares the power base, but still manages some slightly effected interludes and neat, sharp, but simple phrases.’
      • ‘While these tasks can be managed, it is difficult to do so effectively and in a timely manner.’
      • ‘It's particularly stupid to be fed-up and out of sorts on a lovely warm sunny day but we managed it.’
      • ‘They manage both to bring more money into healthcare, and to spend it more efficiently.’
      • ‘Canada, ranked 13th in the world, could only manage a penalty in each half by full-back Derek Daypuck.’
      • ‘We shouldn't be favoring one sort of investment over another if we can manage it.’
      • ‘Following a struggle the brave youngster finally managed to break free from the man and make her escape.’
      • ‘We've been trying to watch it all weekend and finally managed to finish it today.’
      • ‘Somehow in the midst of all this popularity, it is managing to lose money.’
      • ‘Brave Sarah finally managed to grab the leash on David's board and get hold of the girls.’
      • ‘Overall, the new President can be said to have managed a fairly difficult balancing act.’
      • ‘Previous pre-November work succeeded in managing clearance of a large deal of dead leaves and branches.’
      • ‘He was confined to his home for much of the remainder of his school years although he did manage a very irregular attendance at school.’
      • ‘The fact that Sligo could only manage three second half scores proves just how out of sorts they really were.’
      • ‘Humphreys managed a penalty to level the game, but the scoreline was nothing to store any hope in.’
      • ‘The authorities wanted to take me back to Dover to sort out the paperwork, but I managed to get freed in London.’
      • ‘They are today barely managing an orderly dollar decline.’
      • ‘The Quiet American is a film that attempts to succeed on two different levels, and manages it with aplomb on both.’
      accomplish, achieve, do, carry out, perform, undertake, bring about, bring off, effect, finish, succeed in, contrive, engineer
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    2. 2.2with object Succeed in dealing with or withstanding (something)
      ‘there was more stress and anxiety than he could manage’
      • ‘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.’
      control, handle, master, influence, manipulate
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    3. 2.3with object Be free to attend at (a certain time)
      ‘he could not manage 24 March after all’


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