- handle [han′dəl]n.[ME handil < OE handle (akin to Du handel) < hand, HAND]1. that part of a utensil, tool, etc. which is to be held, turned, lifted, pulled, etc. with the hand2. a thing like a handle in appearance or use3. the total amount of money bet over a specified period of time, as at a racetrack☆ 4. Informal a person's name, nickname, or titlevt.handled, handling [ME handlien < OE handlian]1. to touch, lift, etc. with the hand or hands2. to manage, operate, or use with the hand or hands; manipulate3. to manage, control, direct, train, etc.4.a) to deal with or treat in a particular way [to handle a problem tactfully]b) to deal with successfully or appropriatelyc) Informal to come to terms with psychologically [he can't handle it ]☆ 5. to sell or deal in (a certain commodity)6. to behave toward; treatvi.to respond or submit to control [the car handles well]——————☆ fly off the handleInformal to become suddenly or violently angry or excited——————get a handle onInformal to find a means of dealing with, understanding, etc.SYN.- HANDLE implies the possession of sufficient (or a specified degree of) skill in managing or operating with or as with the hands [to handle a tool or a problem ]; MANIPULATE suggests skill, dexterity, or craftiness in handling [to manipulate a machine or an account ]; WIELD implies skill and control in handling effectively [to wield an ax, to wield influence ]; PLY2 suggests great diligence in operating [to ply an oar, to ply one's trade ]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.