1. [ verb ] be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
Synonyms: manage care deal

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

Related terms: control process conduct administer take_care direct organize come_to_grips coordinate touch dispose_of mismanage work juggle management handler
2. [ verb ] interact in a certain way
Synonyms: treat do_by

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

Related terms: interact ignore use mock mistreat pamper gloss_over wrong do_justice ride_roughshod handle_with_kid_gloves criminalize rough-house upstage strong-arm brutalize nurse cover treat
3. [ verb ] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
Synonyms: deal cover treat plow work address

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

Related terms: broach discourse spiel theologise treat embrace discussion
4. [ noun ] the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it
Synonyms: grip hold handgrip

"he grabbed the hammer by the handle" "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"

Related terms: appendage stock stock knob hilt crop pommel hoe_handle ax_handle rake_handle broomstick haft pommel mop_handle panhandle brush baggage baseball_bat briefcase hand_tool coffee_cup umbrella faucet handcart handlebar coffeepot racket saucepan edge_tool frying_pan cutlery carpet_beater teacup watering_can handbarrow spatula cheese_cutter carrycot aspergill handset mug ladle cricket_bat shank grip
5. [ verb ] touch, lift, or hold with the hands
Synonyms: palm
Related terms: touch manipulate field fumble manhandle
6. [ verb ] handle effectively
Synonyms: wield

"The burglar wielded an axe"

Related terms: manipulate swing pump ply
7. [ verb ] show and train

"The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"

Related terms: manipulate animal_trainer
8. [ verb ] touch, lift, or hold with the hands
Synonyms: palm

"Don't handle the merchandise"

Related terms: touch manipulate field fumble manhandle handling palm touch
Similar spelling:   handled