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Meaning & Definition of Handle in English





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"
  • handle,
  • grip,
  • handgrip,
  • hold


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"
  • manage,
  • deal,
  • care,
  • handle

2. Interact in a certain way

  • "Do right by her"
  • "Treat him with caution, please"
  • "Handle the press reporters gently"
  • 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"
  • cover,
  • treat,
  • handle,
  • plow,
  • deal,
  • address

4. Touch, lift, or hold with the hands

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

5. Handle effectively

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

6. Show and train

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

Examples of using

Let go of the handle.
Tom can handle it himself.
Tom can handle French quite well.