Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “manage”

See all translations

manage

verb uk   /ˈmæn.ɪdʒ/ us  

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

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. His job involved managing large investment funds. When you have a job as well as children to look after, you have to learn how to manage your time.
See also
More examples
(Definition of manage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of manage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “manage”

Definitions of “manage” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More