manages, managing, managed
1) VERB If you manage an organization, business, or system, or the people who work in it, you are responsible for controlling them.

[V n] Within two years he was managing the store...

[V n] Most factories in the area are obsolete and badly managed...

[V n] There is a lack of confidence in the government's ability to manage the economy...

[V n] Professors are notoriously difficult to manage.

2) VERB If you manage time, money, or other resources, you deal with them carefully and do not waste them.

[V n] In a busy world, managing your time is increasingly important...

[V n] Josh expects me to manage all the household expenses on very little.

3) VERB If you manage to do something, especially something difficult, you succeed in doing it.

[V to-inf] Somehow, he'd managed to persuade Kay to buy one for him...

[V to-inf] I managed to pull myself up onto a wet, sloping ledge...

[V n] Over the past 12 months the company has managed a 10 per cent improvement.

4) VERB If you manage, you succeed in coping with a difficult situation.

She had managed perfectly well without medication for three years...

I am managing, but I could not possibly give up work...

How did your mother manage when your father left?

5) VERB If you say that you can manage an amount of time or money for something, you mean that you can afford to spend that time or money on it.

[V n] This makes it ideal for those who can only manage a few hours in the morning or evening...

[V n] `All right, I can manage a fiver,' McMinn said with reluctance.

6) VERB If you say that someone managed a particular response, such as a laugh or a greeting, you mean that it was difficult for them to do it because they were feeling sad or upset.

[V n] He looked dazed as he spoke to reporters, managing only a weak smile...

[V n] He managed a few sentences about his visit to the prison...

[V n] Now is the time to forge ahead with all the enthusiasm and optimism that you can manage.

7) CONVENTION You say `I can manage' or `I'll manage' as a way of refusing someone's offer of help and insisting on doing something by yourself.

I know you mean well, but I can manage by myself...

`I'll do it, Eleanor,' Angus said, quickly jumping up. But this time she only shook her head. `I'll manage,' she said firmly.

English dictionary. 2008.

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