What is the meaning of handle?


  • The appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it.
    • usage: "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"


  • Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of.
    • usage: "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
  • Interact in a certain way.
    • usage: "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
  • Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression.
    • usage: "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
  • Touch, lift, or hold with the hands.
    • usage: "Don't handle the merchandise"
  • Handle effectively.
    • usage: "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"
  • Show and train.
    • usage: "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"
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APAWordNet. (2010). handle. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/handle/definitions/1204678
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MLAWordNet. "handle" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/handle/definitions/1204678>
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