Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun handle

1 sense of handle

Sense 1
handle, grip, handgrip, hold -- (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")
       => appendage -- (a part that is joined to something larger)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb handle

6 senses of handle

Sense 1
manage, deal, care, handle -- (be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old")
       => control, command -- (exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces")

Sense 2
treat, handle, do by -- (interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently")
       => interact -- (act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues")

Sense 3
cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address -- (act on 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")
       => broach, initiate -- (bring up a topic for discussion)

Sense 4
handle, palm -- (touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise")
       => touch -- (make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband")

Sense 5
wield, handle, manage -- (handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well")
       => manipulate -- (hold something in one's hands and move it)

Sense 6
handle -- (show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott")
       => manipulate, keep in line, control -- (control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line")

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