Definitions of handle

  1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
  2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  4. 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.
  5. To deal with; to make a business of.
  6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
  9. To touch or feel with the hand; manage; manipulate; discourse on; treat; buy, sell, or invest in.
  10. To touch, hold, or use with the hand: to make familiar by frequent touching: to manage: to discuss: to practice.
  11. To touch or use with the hand; manage; treat.
  12. To use the hands.
  13. interact in a certain way; " Do right by her"; " Treat him with caution, please"; " Handle the press reporters gently"
  14. hold and move repeatedly
  15. To touch, to feel, or wield with the hand; to discourse on; to discuss; to use well or ill.
  16. 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.
  17. 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"
  18. touch, lift, or hold with the hands; " Don't handle the merchandise"
  19. show and train; " The prize- winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"
  20. 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.
  21. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
  22. That part of a tool, vessel, etc., grasped by the hand; an instrument to gain an end.
  23. That part of anything held in the hand: ( fig.) that of which use is made: a tool.
  24. The part by which anything is held; something to take hold of.
  25. That part of a vessel or instrument which is held in the hand when used; that of which use is made; a tool.
  26. That part of anything held in the hand when used; that of which use is made; the instr. by which a purpose is effected.