Meaning of “manage” in the English Dictionary

"manage" in British English

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manageverb

uk /ˈmæn.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈmæn.ədʒ/

manage verb (SUCCEED)

B1 [ I or T ] to succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult:

[ + to infinitive ] Did you manage to get any bread?
I only just managed to finish on time.
A small dog had somehow managed to survive the fire.
I can't manage all this work on my own.
Don't worry about us - we'll manage!
mainly UK I'm afraid I can't manage the time (= to find enough time) to see you at the moment.

[ I ] to succeed in living on a small amount of money:

After she lost her job, they had to manage on his salary.

[ T ] to be able to attend or do something at a particular time:

Let's meet tomorrow - I can manage 3.
UK Can you manage dinner on Saturday?
Can't you manage any earlier?

More examples

  • The car's quite full, but we could manage to squeeze another couple of people in.
  • How did you manage to get such a great job?
  • I don't know how actors manage to learn all those lines.
  • I'm afraid I have to go out for a while - will you be able to manage on your own?
  • How do you manage to work in this heat without air conditioning?

manage verb (CONTROL)

B1 [ T ] to be responsible for controlling or organizing someone or something, especially a business or employees:

Has she had any experience of managing large projects?
He's not very good at managing people.
When you have a job as well as children to look after, you have to learn how to manage your time.
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  • I saw a harried-looking mother at the checkout trying to manage two small children and a mountain of shopping.
  • This mousse says it's designed to make hair glossy and easier to manage.
  • This is my first experience of managing other people, but I need to appear confident.
  • Derek manages our Agricultural Division.
  • There must be a better way to manage our household finances than this!

(Definition of “manage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"manage" in American English

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manageverb

us /ˈmæn·ɪdʒ/

manage verb (SUCCEED)

[ I/T ] to succeed in doing something, esp. something difficult:

[ + to infinitive ] We managed to live on very little money.
[ I ] Don’t worry about us – we’ll manage.

manage verb (CONTROL)

[ T ] to control or organize someone or something, esp. a business:

Does she have any experience managing large projects?

(Definition of “manage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"manage" in Business English

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manageverb

uk /ˈmænɪdʒ/ us

[ I or T ] MANAGEMENT, HR, WORKPLACE to be in charge of and control a company, department, project, team, etc. :

Managing a large corporation has become more complex and challenging.
What kind of skills and qualities do people need to manage?
Early biotech companies typically were founded, staffed and managed by scientists.
He's not very good at managing people.

[ I or T ] to be able to use something, for example time or money, in an effective way:

Young people often need help in managing their finances.
Can you give me some advice on how to manage my time better?

[ T ] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to be responsible for investing money for investors:

She works for a Boston-based private-equity firm that manages about $2 billion in energy industry investments.
All our funds are managed by expert investment advisors.

(Definition of “manage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)