To manage is to skillfully handle something. If you can barely manage to keep your goldfish alive, you should probably think twice about adopting those Golden Retriever puppies.

The verb manage also means to supervise or oversee either things or people at work. You might manage six people at the donut shop, even though you've only worked there for four months. If you carefully manage your donut shop earnings, you should be able to buy that new car next year. Manage also means to cope with or come to terms with. It might seem scary to go to college in another state, but I know you'll manage.

Definitions of manage

v be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

“She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old”
care, deal, handle
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administer, administrate
work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
organise, organize
cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
cause to operate or function
come to grips, get to grips
deal with (a problem or a subject)
dispose of
deal with or settle
mind, take care
be in charge of or deal with
bring into common action, movement, or condition
deal with simultaneously
deal with in a routine way
misconduct, mishandle, mismanage
manage badly or incompetently
be in charge of
carry on, conduct, deal
direct the course of; manage or control
deal with; usually used with a form of negation
arrange, order, put, set up
arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
give, have, hold, make, throw
organize or be responsible for
rationalise, rationalize
structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
administer a pontifical office
territorialise, territorialize
organize as a territory
reorganise, reorganize, shake up
organize anew
collectivise, collectivize
bring under collective control; of farms and industrial enterprises
manage or run
guide, steer
be a guiding or motivating force or drive
head, lead
be in charge of
oversee, superintend, supervise
watch and direct
operate, run
direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
carry on illegal business activities involving crime
direct the taking of
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command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over

v watch and direct

oversee, superintend, supervise
order, supervise, or finance the construction of
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administer, administrate
work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of

v be successful; achieve a goal

“I managed to carry the box upstairs”
bring off, carry off, negociate, pull off
be unable
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bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v handle effectively

“The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well”
handle, wield
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wield vigorously
operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal
sweep, swing, swing out
make a big sweeping gesture or movement
give a spurt of fuel to
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hold something in one's hands and move it

v carry on or function


v achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

finagle, wangle
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accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
to gain with effort

v come to terms with

contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out
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extemporize, improvise
manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
try to manage without help
cut, hack
be able to manage or manage successfully
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
manage one's existence barely
cope with, match, meet
satisfy or fulfill
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act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)