1 [+ object]
a : to have control of (something, such as a business, department, sports team, etc.)
She manages [=runs] her family's bakery.
The business is managed by the owner's daughter.
The company is badly managed.
When she managed the department, we never missed a deadline.
b : to take care of and make decisions about (someone's time, money, etc.)
He manages his own finances.
You need to manage [=use] your time more wisely.
c : to direct the professional career of (someone, such as an entertainer or athlete)
an agency that manages entertainers
2 [+ object]
a : to control the movements or actions of (something)
She manages [=handles] her skis well.
He is skillful in managing horses.
to keep (something) under your control
He's not able to manage [=(more commonly) control] his emotions.
This form of diabetes can be managed by diet. [=it can be controlled by eating a certain way]
b : to control the behavior of (a child, animal, etc.)
She has difficulty managing [=handling] her young students.
3 [+ object] : to use (something) carefully and without waste
There's enough food if we manage it well.
We need to do a better job of managing our natural resources.