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Meaning & Definition of Handle in English

English

Handle

/hændəl/

noun

1. The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it

  • "He grabbed the hammer by the handle"
  • "It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
    synonym:
  • handle
  • ,
  • grip
  • ,
  • handgrip
  • ,
  • hold

verb

1. Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

  • "I can deal with this crew of workers"
  • "This blender can't handle nuts"
  • "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
    synonym:
  • manage
  • ,
  • deal
  • ,
  • care
  • ,
  • handle

2. Interact in a certain way

  • "Do right by her"
  • "Treat him with caution, please"
  • "Handle the press reporters gently"
    synonym:
  • treat
  • ,
  • handle
  • ,
  • do by

3. Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

  • "This book deals with incest"
  • "The course covered all of western civilization"
  • "The new book treats the history of china"
    synonym:
  • cover
  • ,
  • treat
  • ,
  • handle
  • ,
  • plow
  • ,
  • deal
  • ,
  • address

4. Touch, lift, or hold with the hands

  • "Don't handle the merchandise"
    synonym:
  • handle
  • ,
  • palm

5. Handle effectively

  • "The burglar wielded an axe"
  • "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"
    synonym:
  • wield
  • ,
  • handle
  • ,
  • manage

6. Show and train

  • "The prize-winning poodle was handled by mrs. priscilla prescott"
    synonym:
  • handle

Examples of using

I have more problems than I can handle right now.
Tom can handle it.
I'm sure that I can handle it.