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verb     manage pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemanaging
past tensemanaged
past participlemanaged
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to succeed in doing something, especially something that needs a lot of effort or skill

    I don’t know how you manage.

    I don’t think I can manage a long walk today.

    manage to do something:

    I managed to escape by diving into the river.

    1. a.
      [transitive] often humorous to succeed in doing something annoying or wrong

      How do you manage it? You’ve only been home five minutes and already the place is a mess!

      manage to do something:

      Mike managed to upset mother yet again today.

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    2. b.
      [transitive] to succeed in doing something that you do not really want to do

      He could only manage a weak smile.

      manage to do something:

      Couldn’t you have managed to say something nice about the meal?

    3. c.
      [transitive] to succeed in eating or drinking something

      I’m sure you could manage another piece of pie.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to deal successfully with a problem or difficult situation

    “Do you need any help?” “No, I can manage.”

    My aunt managed so well after her husband died.

    manage with:

    Can you manage with all those bags?

    manage without:

    We couldn’t have managed without their help.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to organize and control the work of a company, organization, or group of people

    a well-managed restaurant

    Smith says he wants to manage the team next year.

    1. a.
      to organize and control an available supply of something such as time or money

      You need to learn to manage your time more effectively.

    2. b.
      to organize and control the way that an area of land is used

      These areas of woodland are being carefully managed.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to be able to provide something such as money or time

    We can only manage $100 a week for rent.

    manage to do something:

    I could manage to do another couple of hours next week if that’s any help.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to be available to do something at a particular time

    Can you manage 5 o’clock next Monday?

  6. 6
    [intransitive] to be able to live with only a limited amount of money
    manage on:

    I don’t know how he manages on what he earns.

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