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
  1. verb
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
    “She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old”
    synonyms: 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
    organize and oversee items in a collection or exhibit
    plan, manage, or direct with subtle and skillful maneuvering
    arrange, order, put, set up
    arrange thoughts, ideas, or 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
  2. verb
    watch and direct
    synonyms: oversee, superintend, supervise
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    order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    type of:
    administer, administrate
    work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
  3. verb
    be successful; achieve a goal
    “I managed to carry the box upstairs”
    synonyms: bring off, carry off, negociate, pull off
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    be unable
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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  4. verb
    handle effectively
    “The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well”
    synonyms: 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
  5. verb
    carry on or function
    synonyms: do
  6. verb
    achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
    synonyms: finagle, wangle, wrangle
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    accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
    gain with effort
  7. verb
    come to terms with
    synonyms: contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out
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    extemporize, improvise
    manage in a makeshift way; make 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)
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