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Definition 1: the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he grabbed the hammer by the handle
  • it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) a part that is joined to something larger

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a sword or dagger

(... is a kind of handle ) a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse

(... is a kind of handle ) the stock or handle of a whip

(... is a kind of handle ) handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a pan

(... is a kind of handle ) a round handle

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a weapon or tool

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a mop

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a hoe

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a rake

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle end of some implements or tools

"he grabbed the cue by the stock"

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a broom

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun

"the rifle had been fitted with a special stock"

(... is a kind of handle ) the handle of an ax

(handle is a part of ...) cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

(... is part of handle) a deep pan with a handle; used for stewing or boiling

(... is part of handle) a container with a handle and a spout with a perforated nozzle; used to sprinkle water over plants

(... is part of handle) a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir

(... is part of handle) a spoon-shaped vessel with a long handle; frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another

(... is part of handle) a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy

(... is part of handle) with handle and usually cylindrical

(... is part of handle) a cup from which tea is drunk

(... is part of handle) a turner with a narrow flexible blade

(... is part of handle) a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games

(... is part of handle) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is part of handle) cases used to carry belongings when traveling

(... is part of handle) an implement used in baseball by the batter

(... is part of handle) a case with a handle; for carrying papers or files or books

(... is part of handle) an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle

(... is part of handle) implement for beating dust out of carpets

(... is part of handle) box-shaped baby bed with handles (for a baby to sleep in while being carried)

(... is part of handle) a kitchen utensil (board or handle) with a wire for cutting cheese

(... is part of handle) a cup from which coffee is drunk

(... is part of handle) tall pot in which coffee is brewed

(... is part of handle) the club used in playing cricket

"a cricket bat has a narrow handle and a broad flat end for hitting"

(... is part of handle) tableware implements for cutting and eating food

(... is part of handle) any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)

(... is part of handle) a pan used for frying foods

(... is part of handle) a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people

(... is part of handle) wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels

"he used a handcart to carry the rocks away" "their pushcart was piled high with groceries"

(... is part of handle) the shaped bar used to steer a bicycle

(... is part of handle) telephone set with the mouthpiece and earpiece mounted on a single handle

(... is part of handle) a short-handled device with a globe containing a sponge; used for sprinkling holy water

Definition 2: act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression - [verb of communication]

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) bring up a topic for discussion

(... is a kind of handle ) treat from a theological viewpoint or render theological in character

(... is a kind of handle ) to consider or examine in speech or writing

"The author talks about the different aspects of this question" "The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'"

(handle has a similar meaning as ...) interact in a certain way

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

(handle has a similar meaning as ...) include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory

"This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds" "this should cover everyone in the group"

Definition 3: touch, lift, or hold with the hands - [verb of contact]

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't handle the merchandise

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

(... is a kind of handle ) catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket

(... is a kind of handle ) handle clumsily

(... is a kind of handle ) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of handle ) handle roughly

"I was manhandled by the police"

Definition 4: handle effectively - [verb of contact]

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of handle ) wield vigorously

"ply an axe"

(... is a kind of handle ) operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal

"pump the gas pedal"

(... is a kind of handle ) make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Definition 5: show and train - [verb of emotion]

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott

(handle is a kind of ...) maintain influence over (others or oneself) 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"

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) exercise authoritative control or power over

"control the budget" "Command the military forces"

(... is a kind of handle ) work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of

"administer a program" "she administers the funds"

(... is a kind of handle ) direct the course of; manage or control

"You cannot conduct business like this"

(... is a kind of handle ) be in charge of

(... is a kind of handle ) manage badly or incompetently

"The funds were mismanaged"

(... is a kind of handle ) deal with in a routine way

"I'll handle that one" "process a loan" "process the applicants"

(... is a kind of handle ) deal with simultaneously

"She had to juggle her job and her children"

(... is a kind of handle ) bring into common action, movement, or condition

"coordinate the painters, masons, and plumbers" "coordinate his actions with that of his colleagues" "coordinate our efforts"

(... is a kind of handle ) be in charge of or deal with

"She takes care of all the necessary arrangements"

(... is a kind of handle ) deal with or settle

"He disposed of these cases quickly"

(... is a kind of handle ) deal with (a problem or a subject)

"I still have not come to grips with the death of my parents"

(... is a kind of handle ) cause to operate or function

"This pilot works the controls" "Can you work an electric drill?"

(... is a kind of handle ) cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea

(... is a kind of handle ) deal with; usually used with a form of negation

"I wouldn't touch her with a ten-foot pole" "The local Mafia won't touch gambling"

Samples where handle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Do right by her
  • Treat him with caution, please
  • Handle the press reporters gently

Synonyms for handle in the sense of this definition

(handle is a kind of ...) act together or towards others or with others

"He should interact more with his colleagues"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat with excessive indulgence

"grandparents often pamper the children" "Let's not mollycoddle our students!"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat badly

"This boss abuses his workers" "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly

(... is a kind of handle ) treat with respect and consideration

"children should do well by their parents"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat brutally

(... is a kind of handle ) treat in a rough or boisterous manner

(... is a kind of handle ) treat snobbishly, put in one's place

(... is a kind of handle ) treat inconsiderately or harshly

(... is a kind of handle ) handle roughly

"He was strong-armed by the policemen"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat carefully

"He nursed his injured back by lying in bed several hours every afternoon" "He nursed the flowers in his garden and fertilized them regularly"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat as a criminal

(... is a kind of handle ) handle with great care and sensitivity

"You have to handle the students with kid gloves"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat unjustly; do wrong to

(... is a kind of handle ) refuse to acknowledge

"She cut him dead at the meeting"

(... is a kind of handle ) treat with contempt

"The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"

(handle has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

(handle has a similar meaning as ...) regard or consider in a specific way

"I treated his advances as a joke"

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