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Definition of manage verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they manage
    he / she / it manages
    past simple managed
    -ing form managing
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    do something difficult
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to succeed in doing something, especially something difficult manage something In spite of his disappointment, he managed a weak smile. I don't know exactly how we'll manage it, but we will, somehow. manage (to do something) We managed to get to the airport in time. How did you manage to persuade him? We couldn't have managed without you. “Need any help?” “No, thanks. I can manage.” Grammarcan / could / be able to / manageCan is used to say that somebody knows how to do something:Can you play the piano?It is also used with verbs of seeing, noticing, etc:I can hear someone calling, and with passive infinitives:The DVD can be found online.Can or be able to are used to say that something is possible or that somebody has the opportunity to do something:Can you/Are you able to come on Saturday?You use be able to to form the future and perfect tenses and the infinitive:You’ll be able to get a taxi outside the station. I haven’t been able to get much work done today. She’d love to be able to play the piano.Could is used to talk about what someone was generally able to do in the past:Our daughter could walk when she was nine months old.You use was/were able to or manage (but not could) when you are saying that something was possible on a particular occasion in the past:I was able to/managed to find some useful books in the library. I could find some useful books in the library.Manage is more formal and less frequent than be able to. In negative sentences, could not can also be used:We weren’t able to/didn’t manage to/couldn’t get there in time.Could is also used with this meaning with verbs of seeing, noticing, understanding, etc.:I could see there was something wrong.Could have is used when you are saying that it was possible for somebody to do something in the past but they did not try:I could have won the game but decided to let him win instead.
  2. business/team
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] manage (something) to control or be in charge of a business, a team, an organization, etc. to manage a factory/bank/hotel/baseball team to manage a department/project We need people who are good at managing.
  4. money/time/information
  5. 3[intransitive] manage (on something) to be able to live without having much money He has to manage on less than $150 a week.
  6. 4[transitive] manage something to use money, time, information, etc. in a sensible way Don't tell me how to manage my business. a computer program that helps you manage data efficiently
  7. 5[transitive] manage something to be able to do something at a particular time Let's meet again—can you manage one day next week for lunch?
  8. deal with problems
  9. 6[intransitive] to be able to solve your problems, deal with a difficult situation, etc. synonym cope She's 82 and can't manage on her own any more. manage with/without somebody/something How do you manage without a car? She doesn't know how they'll manage with two kids in college.
  10. control
  11. 7[transitive] manage somebody/something to keep someone or something under control; to be able to deal with someone or something It's like trying to manage a difficult child. Can you manage that suitcase?
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