Meaning of HANDLE in English

HANDLE

n. & v.

--n.

1. the part by which a thing is held, carried, or controlled.

2 a fact that may be taken advantage of (gave a handle to his critics).

3 colloq. a personal title.

4 the feel of goods, esp. textiles, when handled.

--v.tr.

1. touch, feel, operate, or move with the hands.

2 manage or deal with; treat in a particular or correct way (knows how to handle people; unable to handle the situation).

3 deal in (goods).

4 discuss or write about (a subject).

Phrases and idioms:

get a handle on colloq. understand the basis of or reason for a situation, circumstance, etc.

Derivatives:

handleable adj. handleability n. handled adj. (also in comb.).

Etymology: OE handle, handlian (as HAND)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.