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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To direct or control the use of; handle: manage a complex machine tool.
  • transitive v. To exert control over: "Managing the news . . . is the oldest game in town” ( James Reston). "A major crisis to be managed loomed on the horizon” ( Time).
  • transitive v. To make submissive to one's authority, discipline, or persuasion.
  • transitive v. To direct the affairs or interests of: manage a company; an agency that manages performers. See Synonyms at conduct.
  • transitive v. To succeed in accomplishing or achieving, especially with difficulty; contrive or arrange: managed to get a promotion.
  • intransitive v. To direct or conduct business affairs.
  • intransitive v. To continue to get along; carry on: learning how to manage on my own.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To direct or be in charge of.
  • v. To handle or control (a situation, job).
  • v. To handle wth skill, wield (a tool, weapon etc.).
  • v. To succeed at an attempt
  • v. To achieve without fuss, or without outside help.
  • n. The act of managing or controlling something.
  • n. Manège.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The handling or government of anything, but esp. of a horse; management; administration. See manege.
  • transitive v. To have under control and direction; to conduct; to guide; to administer; to treat; to handle.
  • transitive v. to guide by careful or delicate treatment; to wield with address; to make subservient by artful conduct; to bring around cunningly to one's plans.
  • transitive v. To train in the manege, as a horse; to exercise in graceful or artful action.
  • transitive v. To treat with care; to husband.
  • transitive v. To bring about; to contrive.
  • intransitive v. To direct affairs; to carry on business or affairs; to administer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The handling, control, or training of a horse; manège.
  • n. A ring for the training of horses and the practice of horsemanship; a riding-school.
  • n. In general, training; discipline; treatment.
  • n. Management.
  • n. Bearing; behavior.
  • To wield by hand; guide or direct by use of the hands; hence, to control or regulate by any physical exertion.
  • To train by handling or manipulation; drill to certain styles and habits of action; teach by exercise or training, as in the manège.
  • To control or direct by administrative ability; regulate or administer; have the guidance or direction of: as, to manage a theater.
  • To control, restrain, or lead by keeping in a desired state or condition; direct by influence or persuasion: as, to manage an angry or an insane person.
  • To arrange, fashion, contrive, effect, or carry out by skill or art; carry on or along; bring about: as, to manage the characters of a play, or the plot of a novel; to manage a delicate or perplexing piece of business.
  • To succeed in contriving; effect by effort, or by action of any kind (in the latter case often ironical): with an infinitive for object: as, to manage to hold one's own; in his eagerness he managed to lose everything.
  • Synonyms Manage, Conduct, Direct, handle, superintend, supervise, order, transact. Manage literally implies handling, and hence primarily belongs to smaller concerns, on which one may at all times keep his hand: as, to manage a house; a manage a theater. Its essential idea is that of constant attention to details: as, only a combination of great abilities with a genius for industry can manage the affairs of an empire. To conduct is to lead along, hence to attend with personal supervision; it implies the determination of the main features of administration and the securing of thoroughness in those who carry out the commands; it is used of both large things and small, but generally refers to a definite task, coming to an end or issue: as, to conduct a religious service, a funeral, a campaign. Direct allows the person directing to be at a distance or near; the word suggests more authority than manage or conduct.
  • See govern and guide, v. t.
  • To direct or conduct affairs; regulate or carry on any business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. come to terms with
  • v. carry on or function
  • v. watch and direct
  • v. achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
  • v. be successful; achieve a goal
  • v. be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  • v. handle effectively

Etymologies

Italian maneggiare, from Vulgar Latin *manidiāre, from Latin manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French manege ("the handling or training of a horse, horsemanship, riding, maneuvers, proceedings"), probably from Old Italian maneggiare ("to handle, manage, touch, treat"), from mano, from Latin manus ("the hand"); see manual. (Wiktionary)

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