Definition of manage in English:



  • 1[with object] Be in charge of (a company, establishment, or undertaking); administer; run.

    ‘their elder son managed the farm’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Focus on experiences pertinent to operating and managing a farm business as well as community activities that you and your family are involved in.’
    • ‘I'll never understand how you managed an emerging business and emerging family at the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, you can manage an organization like that, but you have to understand the limits of what they can do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adaptive Venture Managers was created in 1995 to invest in and manage small businesses with new product ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These advisors help the firms to manage their businesses to compete more effectively in market-driven economies.’
    • ‘Jeremy was managing his father's business in January 1998 when the two pigs broke loose.’
    • ‘A Cooperative enterprise involves a group of people who combine resources to run and manage a business or a social organisation.’
    • ‘He had been driving to the premises with Basharat, who was due to manage the business, when the collision occurred near Samlesbury Hall.’
    • ‘It is run by adults with learning disabilities, giving them the opportunity to manage their own business.’
    • ‘It is not enough to tell the merchant to manage his business properly.’
    • ‘It is run by my mom, who retired from being a college professor at Colgate to manage the organization full-time.’
    • ‘One active owner manages the business; the other oversees engineering.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1Administer and regulate (resources under one's control)
      ‘we manage our cash extremely well’
      • ‘Free access to additional borrowings can make life easy for those who manage their money sensibly, but prove a disaster for spendthrifts.’
      • ‘Many families say they do not have enough money to save, but if you manage your money tightly spare cash is usually available.’
      • ‘The back office mobilises financial resources and manages funds.’
      • ‘It enables district and regional councils to manage New Zealand's resources on land, water, sky and sea.’
      • ‘However, it is important to set up a trust fund to manage this money.’
      • ‘Representative payees helped respondents manage money and pay rent in a timely fashion.’
      • ‘It found that students worry about leading an independent life, dealing with antisocial flatmates and managing their finances.’
      • ‘This should serve as a grim warning to those poised to embark on their university careers of the need to manage their money sensibly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An Action Aid survey found that most farmers did not have the expertise, time or funds to manage water resources properly.’
      • ‘It oversees banks and thrifts, manages the nation's money, and influences the economy.’
      • ‘More worrying are signs that banks are losing patience with sensible, responsible customers who manage our money properly and do not get into debt.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Have the position of supervising (staff) at work.
      ‘the skills needed to manage a young, dynamic team’
      • ‘Let's face it, managing a staff of fitness instructors is not a typical administrative job.’
      • ‘I am obviously a manager and I want to manage my staff regardless of their colour, their sexuality, their gender.’
      • ‘Mr Main has been head chef there for two years, managing a kitchen staff of 16.’
      • ‘Stick to deadlines, practice good time management, and learn how to manage a staff.’
      • ‘Staff are managed to meet transaction quotas and keep calls short.’
      • ‘What has allowed Catmull to manage Pixar's eccentric staff is his nearly egoless leadership.’
      • ‘In August 1997, I was accused of being unfit to organise meetings and manage staff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here's how several CEOs build and manage their staff.’
      • ‘As site supervisor, she also manages the operators, including the two partners.’
      • ‘In his new position, Schaller manages the 13 people on the political staff, Lukens said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sisters discovered that managing a staff of 15 with entrenched work practices was not easy.’
      • ‘This meant clients provided space for the auditors and helped to manage the staff working for them, he said.’
      • ‘And of course, the longer the delay, the harder it became to manage an increasingly mutinous staff.’
    3. 1.3Be the manager of (a sports team or a performer)
      ‘he managed five or six bands in his career’
      • ‘So although I have been based in U.S. cities for my jobs, I travel extensively and manage teams worldwide.’
      • ‘His late father, Barney Durkan, played for Mayo and managed the home team also.’
      • ‘Today's match at Caledonian stadium will be the first time Strachan has managed a team from the stand rather than the dugout.’
      • ‘Andy Deery is managing the team and anyone who would like to play should ring him.’
      • ‘He walked off the pitch unsure whether he would ever manage the team again.’
      • ‘This year he managed the Irish Youths team which competed in the Euro championship in Poland.’
      • ‘Winnett, 54, of Cheam Road in Ewell, manages a rugby team in which Alcindor plays.’
      • ‘She managed the team from 1988 to 1995 and has been the Secretary of the club from day one.’
      • ‘Fuller was already managing Annie Lennox and 1980s dance act Paul Hardcastle.’
      • ‘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 turned out for his native Derrybeg, where incidentally he lived for forty years, and later went on to manage the team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why did she manage a baseball team if she didn't like people of different colours?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The girls team was managed by Michelle Switzer, a former Rounders Gold Medalist.’
      • ‘Jefferies rode for three years with Mr Valentine when he was managing the Yamaha team in the late 1990s.’
      • ‘Old Firm fans who might be tempted down the sectarian route ought to look at the men who manage their respective teams.’
      • ‘Good luck also to the mother and son team of Maura and Kenneth Kerins who coach and manage the teams.’
    4. 1.4Maintain control or influence 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5Control 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.’
      • ‘Family forest landowners (often known as tree farmers) take pride in managing their lands.’
      • ‘A volunteer group has voted to continue managing the Seven Fields Nature reserve’
      • ‘Holmes' department is making moves to better manage the land that most Australians write off as useless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Richard uses this training and his experience to suggest how a parcel of land should be managed.’
      • ‘The landowner specifically sought Specht out as a tenant because he wanted an organic farmer managing his land.’
      • ‘In fact, the divide is much more practical, between those who would manage our land and those who would not.’
      • ‘New South Wales State Forests own and manage the land on which the experiment is situated.’
      • ‘Our coach was Paul Hart, who now manages Nottingham Forest, and you didn't mess with him.’
      • ‘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 fact is that both the old parties are a disaster when it comes to managing Victoria's forests.’
      • ‘While some farming cooperatives such as Nueva Vida are managing their lands wisely, others are tempted by the financial rewards of large-scale logging.’
      • ‘The independent review of the Regional Forest Agreement has found that we are managing our forests sustainably.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘As you have to get close, you have to manage with a very limited depth of field.’
    • ‘You can get the best of Middle Eastern, especially Egyptian, spices and spice mixes in the dingy shops where you can manage with Hindi.’
    • ‘They're usually the ones who've been around for a while, and they usually manage with the barest minimum of speaker support.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, if absolutely necessary you could manage with a laptop in the passenger seat as your navigator.’
    • ‘I used to argue with him because I couldn't manage with the children, but he wouldn't listen.’
    • ‘Bringing up baby is demanding enough, but how do parents manage with twins or triplets?’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘It has been told that it must manage with standstill budgets for at least the next year.’
    • ‘Academic freedom and tenure may be at risk as our institutions determine how to manage with reduced funding.’
    • ‘For several months, the unit continued to manage with limited logistical assets.’
    • ‘But times are hard and the place where we work couldn't manage with two people doing one person's job.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From lodging to food and other requirements, they have to manage with the limited monthly salary.’
    • ‘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. 2.1[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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Overall, the new President can be said to have managed a fairly difficult balancing act.’
      • ‘We've been trying to watch it all weekend and finally managed to finish it today.’
      • ‘The Quiet American is a film that attempts to succeed on two different levels, and manages it with aplomb on both.’
      • ‘It's particularly stupid to be fed-up and out of sorts on a lovely warm sunny day but we managed it.’
      • ‘He tried to find his voice, but it was difficult for him to manage anything but a feeble sounding grunt.’
      • ‘Following a struggle the brave youngster finally managed to break free from the man and make her escape.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While these tasks can be managed, it is difficult to do so effectively and in a timely manner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The guitar shares the power base, but still manages some slightly effected interludes and neat, sharp, but simple phrases.’
      • ‘They manage both to bring more money into healthcare, and to spend it more efficiently.’
      • ‘You can be very extravagant in both your affections and your finances, finding it difficult to manage both.’
    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.’
    3. 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’


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