Man"age (?), n. [F. manege, It. maneggio, fr. maneggiare to manage, fr. L.manushand. Perhaps somewhat influenced by F. m'enage housekeeping, OF. mesnage, akin to E. mansion. See Manual, and cf. Manege.]

The handling or government of anything, but esp. of a horse; management; administration. See Manege.


Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold. Bacon.

Down, down I come; like glistering Phaethon

Wanting the manage of unruly jades.


The unlucky manage of this fatal brawl. Shak.

⇒ This word, in its limited sense of management of a horse, has been displaced by manege; in its more general meaning, by management.


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Man"age (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Managed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Managing (?).] [From Manage, n.]


To have under control and direction; to conduct; to guide; to administer; to treat; to handle.

Long tubes are cumbersome, and scarce to be easily managed. Sir I. Newton.

What wars Imanage, and what wreaths I gain. Prior.


Hence: Esp., to guide by careful or delicate treatment; to wield with address; to make subservient by artful conduct; to bring around cunningly to one's plans.

It was so much his interest to manage his Protestant subjects. Addison

It was not her humor to manage those over whom she had gained an ascendant. Bp. Hurd.


To train in the manege, as a horse; to exercise in graceful or artful action.


To treat with care; to husband.



To bring about; to contrive.


Syn. -- To direct; govern; control; wield; order; contrive; concert; conduct; transact.


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Man"age, v. i.

To direct affairs; to carry on business or affairs; to administer.

Leave them to manage for thee. Dryden


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