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Definitions of handle

  1. interact in a certain way; " Do right by her"; " Treat him with caution, please"; " Handle the press reporters gently"
  2. deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; " This book deals with incest"; " The course covered all of Western Civilization"; " The new book treats the history of China"
  3. handle effectively; " The burglar wielded an axe"
  4. hold and move repeatedly
  5. the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; " he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; " it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
  6. touch, lift, or hold with the hands; " Don't handle the merchandise"
  7. show and train; " The prize- winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"
  8. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
  9. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  10. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  11. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock.
  12. To deal with; to make a business of.
  13. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  14. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  15. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
  16. To use the hands.
  17. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.
  18. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
  19. That part of a tool, vessel, etc., grasped by the hand; an instrument to gain an end.
  20. To touch or feel with the hand; manage; manipulate; discourse on; treat; buy, sell, or invest in.
  21. To touch, hold, or use with the hand: to make familiar by frequent touching: to manage: to discuss: to practice.
  22. That part of anything held in the hand: ( fig.) that of which use is made: a tool.
  23. The part by which anything is held; something to take hold of.
  24. To touch or use with the hand; manage; treat.
  25. To touch; feel; treat; deal in; train.
  26. That part of an object intended to be grasped with the hand.
  27. That part of a vessel or instrument which is held in the hand when used; that of which use is made; a tool.
  28. To touch, to feel, or wield with the hand; to discourse on; to discuss; to use well or ill.
  29. That part of anything held in the hand when used; that of which use is made; the instr. by which a purpose is effected.
  30. To feel, use, or hold with the hand; to make familiar by frequent touching; to treat or discourse on; to treat or use well or ill.
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Antonyms for handle

carry on, misgovern, unleash, mishandle, act up, take out, mismanage, vent, act out, misbehave, maladminister.

Quotes of handle

  1. As the third anniversary of the September 11th attacks draws near we must ensure our nation is prepared to handle the continued threat of violence and terrorism on our country. – Leonard Boswell
  2. Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. – Edmund Burke
  3. Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command. – Mary Douglas
  4. I want someone who can handle me. And I'm not the easiest person to handle – Robin Givens
  5. An inability to handle language is not the same thing as stupidity. – David Hare
  6. If you can handle a nightclub audience successfully, you can handle anything. – Judy Holliday
  7. There are two ways to handle a woman, and nobody knows either of them. – Kin Hubbard
  8. So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime. – Kim Dae Jung
  9. But if I have a lot of imagination, I could tell myself whatever I wanted, you know. I handle myself quite well. I'm kind of fascist with myself, you know. There's no discussion. There is an order. You follow it. – Karl Lagerfeld
  10. I will not do a role that I don't think I can do, that I'm not interested in, where there's no humanity, that doesn't have any kind of handle for me at all because I know I'll just stink the joint up. – Ron Perlman
  11. Edged tools are dangerous things to handle and not infrequently do much hurt. – Agnes Repplier
  12. The marketplace can handle this. The laws are there. The courts have shown a consistent ability to find a balance between copyright owners and copyright users. – Hilary Rosen
  13. The rabbit is significant in that the handle on the original South Pointing Chariot was carved in the form of a rabbit. Because the handle extended out front it meant that wherever the rabbit went the chariot had to follow. – Kit Williams
  14. It's hard to compare. Different times, different players. The administration four years ago did not have 9/11. I could tell you this; this particular administration was better suited to handle that than the former. – Montel Williams
  15. I think that that multiplatform development is what's on the mind of most high -end PC developers now... this is really the first time in the industry's history that we've had console machines that can handle all that PC developers can deliver. – Mike Wilson

Usage examples for handle

  1. Men were easier to handle than women. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  2. Stiffly, like a man in a trance, he turned to the rusty iron safe behind his chair and spun the handle – Somewhere in France by Richard Harding Davis
  3. Keep that rose in your hand and handle your eyes carefully. – Andrew the Glad by Maria Thompson Daviess
  4. Now, when The Spider sent me down here he said he had some important business he wanted me to handle – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  5. Well, we can handle that. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  6. She drew a quick breath and turned the door- handle – Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
  7. I can handle things my own way, with Ferrell out of the way. – One-Way Ticket to Nowhere by Leroy Yerxa
  8. Wants me to handle the matter for her. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. But most people have more than they know how to handle no matter where they are!" – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  10. Fiercely he turned and pulled the handle of the door. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  11. Softly she turned the handle only to discover that the door was locked. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  12. It is evident, by the grace and care with which they handle them, that they are exceedingly light. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  13. A hand tried the handle turned it- a slow step entered. – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. I don't handle that kind of business. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  15. He can't handle it. – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  16. She put her hand on the door- handle – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  17. You couldn't handle it. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  18. Can I handle a- Hunh! – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  19. How are you going to handle things when we get there? – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. You see, I'll handle him all right. – Pee-wee Harris by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

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