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"handle" in British English

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handlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us   /ˈhæn.dəl/
  • 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.

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  • 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!

handleverb

uk   /ˈhæn.dəl/ us   /ˈhæn.dəl/
  • 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?

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  • 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.
  • handle verb (SELL)

[T] to buy and sell goods: We only handle cosmetics that have not been tested on animals.mainly UK He's been arrested for handling stolen goods.
(Definition of handle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"handle" in American English

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handleverb [T]

us   /ˈhæn·dəl/
  • handle verb [T] (TOUCH)

to lift something and touch, hold, or move it with your hands: Please handle the old photographs carefully.
  • handle verb [T] (DEAL WITH)

to deal with, have responsibility for, or be in charge of something: Who handles the marketing in your company? Some managers have no idea how to handle people.

handlenoun [C]

us   /ˈhæn·dəl/
  • handle noun [C] (TOUCH)

a part of an object designed for holding, moving, or carrying the object: the handle of a shovel I can’t pick the pot up – the handle’s too hot.
(Definition of handle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"handle" in Business English

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handleverb [T]

uk   /ˈhændl/ us  
to deal with something difficult: handle pressure/stress/problems It was a job that taught me how to handle pressure and use it to my advantage.
to deal with something or someone such as money, goods, or customers: Your financial adviser can handle all the details of purchasing shares.
to be responsible for organizing or managing something or someone: The office in Europe also handles marketing for the region.
COMMERCE to buy and sell goods: We only handle cosmetics which have not been tested on animals.
COMMERCE to move or store goods: The distribution company handles around 45 per cent of all the milk produced in the UK. He admitted handling stolen goods.
to use your hands to move or hold something: Staff are trained and equipped to handle hazardous materials.

handlenoun

uk   /ˈhændl/ us  
get/have a handle on sth informal
to understand something or be able to deal with something: By coming in early and staying late she started to get a handle on the problem.
(Definition of handle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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