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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.

Usage examples for handle

  1. But most people have more than they know how to handle, no matter where they are!" – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. A hand tried the handle, turned it- a slow step entered. – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  3. 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
  4. Well, we can handle that. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  5. Fiercely he turned and pulled the handle of the door. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  6. You couldn't handle it. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  7. Keep that rose in your hand and handle your eyes carefully. – Andrew the Glad by Maria Thompson Daviess
  8. Can I handle a- Hunh! – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  9. 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
  10. I can handle things my own way, with Ferrell out of the way. – One-Way Ticket to Nowhere by Leroy Yerxa
  11. How are you going to handle things when we get there? – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  12. Softly she turned the handle, only to discover that the door was locked. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  13. She put her hand on the door- handle. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  14. He can't handle it. – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  15. 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
  16. She drew a quick breath and turned the door- handle. – Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
  17. Men were easier to handle than women. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  18. I don't handle that kind of business. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
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