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English noun: handle

1. handle (artifact) the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it


SamplesHe grabbed the hammer by the handle.
It was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip.


Synonymsgrip, handgrip, hold


Broader (hypernym)appendage


Narrower (hyponym)ax handle, axe handle, broom handle, broomstick, crop, gunstock, haft, helve, hilt, hoe handle, knob, mop handle, panhandle, pommel, pommel, rake handle, saddlebow, stock, stock


Part holonymshank, stem


Part meronymaspergill, aspersorium, baggage, baseball bat, bat, briefcase, brush, carpet beater, carrycot, cart, cheese cutter, coffee cup, coffeepot, cricket bat, cutlery, eating utensil, edge tool, faucet, French telephone, frying pan, frypan, go-cart, hand tool, handbarrow, handcart, handlebar, handset, ladle, luggage, lumber, mug, pushcart, racket, racquet, rug beater, saucepan, skillet, spatula, spigot, teacup, umbrella, watering can, watering pot


English verb: handle

1. handle (social) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of


SamplesI can deal with this crew of workers.
This blender can't handle nuts.
She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old.


Synonymscare, deal, manage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)command, control


Narrower (hyponym)administer, administrate, carry on, come to grips, conduct, coordinate, deal, direct, dispose of, get to grips, juggle, mind, misconduct, mishandle, mismanage, organise, organize, process, take care, touch, work

2. handle (social) interact in a certain way


SamplesDo right by her.
Treat him with caution, please.
Handle the press reporters gently.


Synonymsdo by, treat


Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)interact


Narrower (hyponym)abuse, baby, bemock, brutalise, brutalize, cocker, coddle, cosset, criminalize, cut, disregard, do well by, featherbed, gloss over, handle with kid gloves, ignore, ill-treat, ill-use, indulge, maltreat, mistreat, mock, mollycoddle, nurse, pamper, ride roughshod, rough-house, run roughshod, skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over, snub, spoil, step, strong-arm, upstage, wrong


Verb groupaddress, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat, treat

3. handle (communication) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression


SamplesThis book deals with incest.
The course covered all of Western Civilization.
The new book treats the history of China.


Synonymsaddress, cover, deal, plow, treat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)broach, initiate


Narrower (hyponym)discourse, discuss, talk about, theologise, theologize


Verb groupcomprehend, cover, do by, embrace, encompass, handle, treat

4. handle (contact) touch, lift, or hold with the hands


SamplesDon't handle the merchandise.


Synonymspalm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)touch


Narrower (hyponym)field, fumble, manhandle, manipulate

5. handle (contact) handle effectively


SamplesThe burglar wielded an axe.
The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well.


Synonymsmanage, wield


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)manipulate


Narrower (hyponym)ply, pump, sweep, swing, swing out

6. handle (emotion) show and train


SamplesThe prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)control, keep in line, manipulate









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