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verb handle pronunciation in British English /ˈhænd(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhandle
he/she/ithandles
present participlehandling
past tensehandled
past participlehandled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation

    The government was criticized for the way it handled the crisis.

    handle something well:

    Congratulations! You handled that really well.

    badly/poorly handled:

    We felt that the dispute was badly handled.

    1. b.
      to be able to deal successfully with a large amount of work or information

      The newer computers can handle massive amounts of data.

      The helpline handles 100 calls an hour.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to touch or hold someone or something
    handle something with care:

    All chemicals must be handled with care.

    handle someone roughly:

    Some prisoners complained that they’d been roughly handled.

  3. 4
    [transitive] to buy and sell goods, especially illegally
    handle stolen goods:

    He denied burglary but admitted handling stolen goods.

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