Meaning of HANDLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ hænd(ə)l ]

( handles, handling, handled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A handle is a small round object or a lever that is attached to a door and is used for opening and closing it.

I turned the handle and found the door was open.



A handle is the part of an object such as a tool, bag, or cup that you hold in order to be able to pick up and use the object.

The handle of a cricket bat protruded from under his arm.

...a broom handle.



If you say that someone can handle a problem or situation, you mean that they have the ability to deal with it successfully.

To tell the truth, I don’t know if I can handle the job...

VERB : V n


If you talk about the way that someone handles a problem or situation, you mention whether or not they are successful in achieving the result they want.

I think I would handle a meeting with Mr. Siegel very badly...

VERB : V n adv

• han‧dling

The family has criticized the military’s handling of Robert’s death.

N-UNCOUNT : usu N of n


If you handle a particular area of work, you have responsibility for it.

She handled travel arrangements for the press corps during the presidential campaign...

VERB : V n


When you handle something such as a weapon, vehicle, or animal, you use it or control it, especially by using your hands.

I had never handled an automatic.

VERB : V n


If something such as a vehicle handles well, it is easy to use or control.

His ship had handled like a dream!

VERB : V adv / prep


When you handle something, you hold it or move it with your hands.

Wear rubber gloves when handling cat litter.

VERB : V n


If you have a handle on a subject or problem, you have a way of approaching it that helps you to understand it or deal with it. ( INFORMAL )

When you have got a handle on your anxiety you can begin to control it.

N-SING : a N on n


If you fly off the handle , you suddenly and completely lose your temper. ( INFORMAL )

He flew off the handle at the slightest thing.

PHRASE : V inflects

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