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handle

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us  

handle noun [C] (PART)

B2 a part of an object designed for holding, moving, or carrying the object easily: a door handle the handle on a suitcase I can't pick the kettle up - the handle's too hot. She turned the handle and slowly opened the door.Having in your hands

handle noun [C] (NAME)

informal a name of a person or place, especially a strange one: That's some handle to go through life with!Names and titles

handle

verb uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us  

handle verb (DEAL WITH)

B1 [T] to deal with, have responsibility for, or be in charge of: I thought he handled the situation very well. Some people are brilliant with computers, but have no idea how to handle (= behave with) other people. If you can't handle the job I'll get someone else to do it. Who handles the marketing in your company?Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring

handle verb (TOUCH)

C2 [T] to pick something up and touch, hold, or move it with your hands: Always wash your hands before handling food. Please don't handle the vases - they're very fragile.Touching and feelingShowing affection

handle verb (OPERATE)

[T] to operate or control something that could be difficult or dangerous: Have you ever handled a gun before?Controlling and being in charge [I usually + adv/prep] If a car handles well, it is easy and pleasant to drive.Driving and operating road vehicles

handle verb (SELL)

[T] to buy and sell goods: We only handle cosmetics which have not been tested on animals.mainly UK He's been arrested for handling stolen goods.Buying and selling in general
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