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1 verb
han‧dle1 S2 W2

do work

[transitive] to do the things that are necessary to complete a job:
I handled most of the paperwork.
The case is being handled by a top lawyer.
The finance department handles all the accounts.
Computers can handle huge amounts of data.

deal with a situation

[transitive] to deal with a situation or problem by behaving in a particular way and making particular decisions:
The headmaster handled the situation very well.
I knew I had handled the matter badly.
Leave it to me. I can handle it.
Most customers were satisfied with the way their complaints were handled.
Opposition leaders will be watching carefully to see how the Prime Minister handles the crisis.

deal with a person

[transitive] to deal with a person or behave towards them in a particular way, especially in order to keep them happy:
Some customers are quite difficult to handle.

not become upset

[transitive] to not become upset in a difficult situation:
She can't handle it when people criticize her.
He doesn't handle stress very well.


[transitive] to touch something or pick it up and hold it in your hands:
He had never handled a weapon before.
We teach the children to handle the animals gently.
He was roughly handled by the mob.

control a vehicle

a) [transitive] to control the movement of a vehicle or an animal:
I didn't know if I'd be able to handle such a large vehicle.
b) [intransitive] the way a vehicle handles is how easy it is to control
handles well/badly
The car handles well, even on wet roads.

move goods

[transitive] to move goods from one place to another:
The Post Office handles nearly 2 billion letters and parcels over the Christmas period.

buy/sell goods

[transitive]BBT to buy or sell goods:
Bennet was charged with handling stolen goods.

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