(noun, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): grip, handgrip, hold

Definition categories: man–made, appendage

Sentences with handle as a noun:

- The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.

- This article describes how to find the module name from the window handle.

- the Handle of the Sug in Newfoundland


1. be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

- This blender can't handle nuts

Similar word(s): care, deal, manage

Definition categories: social, command, control

2. interact in a certain way

- Handle the press reporters gently

Similar word(s): treat

Definition categories: social, interact

3. act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

Similar word(s): address, cover, deal, plow, treat

Definition categories: communication, broach, initiate

4. touch, lift, or hold with the hands

- Don't handle the merchandise

Similar word(s): palm

Definition categories: contact, touch

5. handle effectively

Similar word(s): manage, wield

Definition categories: contact, manipulate

6. show and train

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

Definition categories: emotion, control, manipulate

Sentences with handle as a verb:

- she handled the news with grace, the Persians handled the French ambassador shamefully

- a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock

- I can't handle this hot weather.

- the car handles well