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handle

noun

1 handle

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.

synonyms: grip, handgrip, hold.

Roget 633: machinery, mechanism, engineering.    instrument, organ, tool, implement, utensil, machine, engine, lathe, gin, mill; air engine, ... show more

Roget 617: pretext, pretense, pretension, plea; allegation, advocation; ostensible motive, ostensible ground, ostensible reason, phony reason; excuse etc. (vindication) 937; ... show more

Dutch: handel, kruk, oor
Polish: rączka



verb

1 handle

Be in charge of, act on, or dispose of:
— This blender can't handle nuts.

synonyms: care, deal, manage.

Dutch: aankunnen, beheren, leiden, managen, zorgen

2 handle

Interact in a certain way:
— Handle the press reporters gently.

synonyms: do by, treat.

Dutch: behandelen, bejegenen, omgaan, omspringen

3 handle

Act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression.

synonyms: address, cover, deal, plow, treat.

4 handle

Touch, lift, or hold with the hands:
— Don't handle the merchandise.

synonym: palm.

Dutch: bedienen, behandelen, omgaan, zich bezighouden met

5 handle

Handle effectively.

synonyms: manage, wield.

Roget 379: touch, feel, handle, finger, thumb, paw, fumble, grope, grabble; twiddle, tweedle; pass the fingers over, run the fingers over; ... show more

Roget 677: use, make use of, employ, put to use; put in action, put in operation, put in practice; set in motion, set to work.    ply, work, wield, handle, manipulate; ... show more

6 handle

Show and train.


Moby thesaurus: accomplish, act toward, administer, aim, air, alibi, analyze, apology, appellation, appellative, apply, be in, be responsible for, bed, bed down, behave toward, bestow, bilge, binomen, binomial name ... show more.

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