Definition of manage in English:



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

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

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