Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: maneggiare, from mano 'hand', from Latin manus


man‧age S1 W1


[transitive] to direct or control a business or department and the people, equipment, and money involved in it:
He was asked to manage a new department.
Managing a football team is harder than you think.
The company had been very badly managed.
a brewery which has been owned and managed by the same family for over 100 years
see usage note control2

do something difficult

[intransitive and transitive] to succeed in doing something difficult, especially after trying very hard
manage to do something
I finally managed to push the huge animal away.
How do you manage to stay so slim?
We somehow managed to persuade him.
Juventus managed two goals in the last ten minutes.
I don't know how I'll manage it, but I'll be there.

deal with problems

[intransitive] to succeed in dealing with problems, living in a difficult situation etc:
I don't know how she manages with seven children.
We didn't have the proper equipment, but we managed somehow.
manage without
How do you manage without a washing machine?
manage with
I can't afford to get you a new coat - you'll have to manage with the one you've got.

time/money etc

[transitive] to use your time, money etc sensibly, without wasting it:
Paying a little each month can help you manage your money.
You need to learn to manage your time more effectively.
Consultants can help academic institutions to manage their resources more efficiently.

live without much money

[intransitive] to succeed in buying the things that you need in order to live even though you do not have very much money [= get by]:
I honestly don't know how we'll manage now Keith's lost his job.
It'll be tight, but I guess I'll just about manage.
manage on
People like Jim have to manage on as little as $75 a week.

not need help

[intransitive and transitive] spoken to be able to do something or carry something without help:
Can you manage all right, Mum?
You'll never manage that suitcase; let me take it.
Thank you, but I think I can manage perfectly well on my own.

keep tidy

[transitive] especially British English to succeed in keeping something neat and tidy:
He'll never manage such a big garden on his own.


[transitive] to control the behaviour of a person or animal, so that they do what you want:
It's hard to manage your children and do the shopping.
The horse was huge and vicious. Giles was the only one who could manage her.
see usage note control2

be strong enough

[transitive] to be able to do something because you are strong enough or healthy enough:
He tried to walk, but managed only a few shaky steps.


[transitive] to be able to eat or drink something:
Could you manage another drink?

cause problems

[transitive] to do something that causes problems - used humorously
manage to do something
Andrews has managed to get himself sacked.
I don't know how I managed to arrive so late.

manage a smile/a few words etc

to make yourself say or do something when you do not really want to:
Tom looked tired but still managed a smile.
manage to smile/speak/laugh etc
'Why do you hate me so much?' he managed to say.

have time for

[transitive] to be able to meet someone or do something, even though you are busy:
Can you manage dinner tonight?
'Is there any chance you could work late?' 'I think I could manage an hour.'

control, manage, run, be in charge
To control something means to have the power to make it work in the way that you want, usually without anyone else being able to stop you The army controls the north of the country. With 75% of the shares, he effectively controls the company.To manage something means to organize the way that it works, often with responsibility for other people's work She manages a team of software developers. David managed a small bookstore.To run something such as a business means to organize it and take the important decisions about how it works, perhaps as the owner of the business I run my own cleaning business. Louise will be running the project.To be in charge means to have responsibility for a situation or activity and decide what happens in it When the Director is away, her deputy is in charge. He's in charge of marketing.WORD CHOICE: control, check, inspect, examine, test, monitor!! Do not use control to mean 'check' or 'test'. Use one of the following verbs:check or inspect means to look at something carefully to see if it is correct, safe, or legal Your passports will be checked on arrival. Safety officers inspected the building.examine means to look at something very carefully in order to find out more about it Experts who examined the letter declared it a fake.test means to carry out an experiment or process in order to find out what qualities something has They test blood samples for drugs. Every car is tested to ensure that it meets high safety standards.monitor means to keep checking or testing something over a period of time to see if it changes Her heart rate is being monitored. This device monitors room temperature and humidity.See also control

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