part of speech: verb

inflections: manages, managing, managed

definition 1: to direct or control.

  • She manages a bookstore.
  • He managed the lively horse with calming words.

synonyms: administer, direct, run, supervise

definition 2: to succeed in doing in spite of problems.

  • Anna finally managed to escape.

synonyms: succeed at

definition 3: to handle or use.

  • Police officers are taught how to manage guns in a safe way.

synonyms: deal with, handle

Word History

Manage is from an Italian word that means “to handle or direct (a horse).”