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Meaning of “handle” in the English Dictionary

"handle" in British English

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handlenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhæn.dəl/
  • handle noun [C] (PART)

B2 a ​part of an ​objectdesigned for ​holding, ​moving, or ​carrying the ​objecteasily: 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 ​slowlyopened 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   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 ​yourcompany?

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  • handle verb (TOUCH)

C2 [T] to ​pick something up and ​touch, ​hold, or ​move it with ​yourhands: Always ​washyourhands before handling ​food. Please don't handle the ​vases - they're very ​fragile.
  • handle verb (SELL)

[T] to ​buy and ​sellgoods: We only handle ​cosmetics that have not been ​tested on ​animals.mainly UK He's been ​arrested for handling ​stolengoods.
(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 ​yourhands: Please handle the ​oldphotographscarefully.
  • handle verb [T] (DEAL WITH)

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

handlenoun [C]

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

a ​part of an ​objectdesigned 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   us   /ˈhændl/
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 ​financialadviser can handle all the details of ​purchasingshares.
to be ​responsible for ​organizing or ​managing something or someone: The ​office in ​Europe also handles ​marketing for the ​region.
COMMERCE to ​buy and ​sellgoods: We only handle ​cosmetics which have not been ​tested on animals.
COMMERCE to ​move or ​storegoods: The ​distributioncompany handles around 45 ​percent of all the ​milkproduced in the UK. He ​admitted handling ​stolengoods.
to use your ​hands to ​move or ​hold something: Staff are ​trained and ​equipped to handle ​hazardousmaterials.

handlenoun

uk   us   /ˈhændl/
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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