Definition of manage in English:

manage

verb

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

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

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

Pronunciation:

manage

/ˈmanɪdʒ/