han·dle / ˈhandl/ • v. [tr.] 1. feel or manipulate with the hands: heavy paving slabs can be difficult to handle people who handle food. ∎ drive or control (a vehicle): where did you learn to handle a boat? ∎ [intr.] (of a vehicle) respond in a specified manner when being driven or controlled: a roadworthy bicycle that also handles well off the pavement.2. manage (a situation or problem): a lawyer's ability to handle a case properly. ∎ inf. deal with (someone or something): I don't think I could handle it if they turned me down. ∎ have the resources to cope with: more orders than I can handle. ∎ control or manage commercially: the advertising company that is handling the account. ∎ (handle oneself) conduct oneself in a specified manner: he handled himself with considerable aplomb. ∎ (handle oneself) inf. defend oneself physically or verbally: I can handle myself in a fight.3. process: the airport expects to handle almost 250,000 passengers this weekend.• n. 1. the part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled: the pan features helpful lifting handles. ∎ (a handle on) fig. a means of understanding, controlling, or approaching a person or situation: it'll give people some kind of handle on these issues get a handle on your life.2. inf. the name of a person or place: that's some handle for a baby.3. [in sing.] inf. the total amount of money bet over a particular time (typically at a casino) or at a particular sporting event: the monthly handle of a couple of casinos in Las Vegas.DERIVATIVES: han·dle·a·bil·i·ty / ˌhandl-əˈbilitē/ n.han·dle·a·ble adj.han·dled adj. [in comb.] a rope-handled canvas bag. han·dle·less adj.