Meaning of HANDLE in English


I. han ‧ dle 1 S2 W2 /ˈhændl/ BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ handle , ↑ handler , ↑ handling ; verb : ↑ handle ]

1 . DO WORK [transitive] to do the things that are necessary to complete a job:

I handled most of the paperwork.

The case is being handled by a top lawyer.

The finance department handles all the accounts.

Computers can handle huge amounts of data.

2 . DEAL WITH A SITUATION [transitive] to deal with a situation or problem by behaving in a particular way and making particular decisions:

The headmaster handled the situation very well.

I knew I had handled the matter badly.

Leave it to me. I can handle it.

Most customers were satisfied with the way their complaints were handled.

Opposition leaders will be watching carefully to see how the Prime Minister handles the crisis.

3 . DEAL WITH A PERSON [transitive] to deal with a person or behave towards them in a particular way, especially in order to keep them happy:

Some customers are quite difficult to handle.

4 . NOT BECOME UPSET [transitive] to not become upset in a difficult situation:

She can’t handle it when people criticize her.

He doesn’t handle stress very well.

5 . HOLD [transitive] to touch something or pick it up and hold it in your hands:

He had never handled a weapon before.

We teach the children to handle the animals gently.

He was roughly handled by the mob.


a) [transitive] to control the movement of a vehicle or an animal:

I didn’t know if I’d be able to handle such a large vehicle.

b) [intransitive] the way a vehicle handles is how easy it is to control

handles well/badly

The car handles well, even on wet roads.

7 . MOVE GOODS [transitive] to move goods from one place to another:

The Post Office handles nearly 2 billion letters and parcels over the Christmas period.

8 . BUY/SELL GOODS [transitive] to buy or sell goods:

Bennet was charged with handling stolen goods.

II. handle 2 S3 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ handle , ↑ handler , ↑ handling ; verb : ↑ handle ]

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . the part of a door that you use for opening it:

Then he turned the handle and went in.

2 .

the part of an object that you use for holding it:

a knife with a carved wooden handle

the handle of his cup

a broom handle

3 . get a handle on something to start to understand a situation, subject etc:

It’s difficult to get a handle on how widespread this problem is.

⇨ fly off the handle at ↑ fly 1 (16)

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