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Synonyms of 'handle'

(noun) 
Definition
the part of an object that is held or operated in order that it may be used
The handle of a cricket bat protruded from under his arm.
Synonyms
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knob
He turned the knob and pushed against the door.
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hilt
the hilt of the small, sharp knife
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haft
the small gold and silver inlaid haft of the tiny dagger
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handgrip
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helve
(verb) 
Definition
to manage successfully
I don't know if I can handle the job.
Synonyms
manage
Managing your time is increasingly important.
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deal with
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tackle
She is quite good at DIY and wants to tackle the job herself.
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cope with
(verb) 
Definition
to have responsibility for
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps.
Synonyms
deal with
,
manage
Within two years, he was managing the store.
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take care of
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administer
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
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conduct
I decided to conduct an experiment.
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supervise
One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
(verb) 
Definition
to hold, move, operate, or touch with the hands
One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
Synonyms
control
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
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manage
Her daughter couldn't manage the horse.
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direct
She will direct day-to-day operations.
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operate
Until his death he owned and operated a huge company.
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guide
She guided the plane down the runway and took off.
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use
Officials used loud-hailers to call for calm.
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steer
What is it like to steer a ship of this size?
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manipulate
He's a very difficult character. He manipulates people.
She was unable, for once, to manipulate events.
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manoeuvre
We attempted to manoeuvre the canoe closer to him.
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wield
She appeared at the door, wielding a new walking stick.
(verb) 
Definition
to hold, move, operate, or touch with the hands
Be careful when handling young animals.
Synonyms
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feel
The doctor felt his head.
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touch
Her hand gently touched my face.
,
pick up
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finger
He fingered the few coins in his pocket.
,
grasp
He grasped both my hands.
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paw (informal)
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(verb) 
Definition
to trade or deal in (specified merchandise)
He was charged with handling stolen electrical goods.
Synonyms
deal in
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market
The drink has been marketed here since 1993.
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sell
It sells everything from hair ribbons to oriental rugs.
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trade in
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carry
These days shops carry a bewildering array of vinegars.
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stock
The shop stocks everything from chocolate to recycled loo paper.
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traffic in
(verb) 
Definition
to discuss (a subject)
I think we should handle the story very sensitively.
Synonyms
discuss
I will discuss the role of diet in cancer prevention in Chapter 7.
, ,
treat
a working method for treating subjects in the theater
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review
I see that no papers have reviewed my book.
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examine
He examined her passport and stamped it.
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discourse on

Additional synonyms

in the sense of administer
Definition
to manage (an organization or estate)
Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
Synonyms
run,
preside over,
be in charge of,
in the sense of carry
These days shops carry a bewildering array of vinegars.
Synonyms
in the sense of conduct
Definition
to carry out
I decided to conduct an experiment.
Synonyms

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