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man·age / ˈmanij/ • v. 1. [tr.] be in charge of (a company, establishment, or undertaking); administer; run: their elder son managed the farm. ∎  administer and regulate (resources under one's control): we manage our cash extremely well. ∎  have the position of supervising (staff) at work: the skills needed to manage a young, dynamic team. ∎  be the manager of (a sports team or a performer): he managed five or six bands in his career. ∎  maintain control or influence over (a person or animal): she manages horses better than anyone I know. ∎  (often be managed) control the use or exploitation of (land): the forest is managed to achieve maximum growth. 2. [intr.] succeed in surviving or in attaining one's aims, esp. against heavy odds; cope: Catherine managed on five hours' sleep a night. ∎  [tr.] succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something, esp. something difficult): she managed a brave but unconvincing smile | Beth finally managed to hail a cab | ironic one fund managed to lose money. ∎  [tr.] succeed in dealing with or withstanding (something): there was more stress and anxiety than he could manage. ∎  [tr.] be free to attend on (a certain day) or at (a certain time): he could not manage March 24 after all.