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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.


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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