- han|dle1 [ `hændl ] verb ***1. ) transitive to take action to deal with a difficult situation:The government was criticized for the way it handled the crisis.handle something well: Congratulations! You handled that really well.badly/poorly handled: We felt that the dispute was badly handled.a ) to be responsible for doing a particular job or piece of work:Detective Dawkin will be handling this case.Publicity is being handled by an outside agency.b ) to be able to deal successfully with a large amount of work or information:The newer computers can handle massive amounts of data.The helpline handles 100 calls an hour.c ) to deal with the people or goods that pass through an airport, port, or other center:The depot handles over two million tons of freight a week.d ) to deal successfully with a person who is likely to become angry or upset:Flight attendants are trained to handle difficult passengers.2. ) transitive to touch or hold something:handle something with care: All chemicals must be handled with care.handle someone roughly: Some prisoners complained that they'd been roughly handled.3. ) transitive to buy and sell goods, especially illegally:handle stolen goods: He denied burglary but admitted handling stolen goods.4. ) transitive to control an animal or a vehicle using your hands:She handled the pony very confidently.a ) intransitive if a vehicle handles well or badly, it is easy or difficult to controlsomeone cannot handle somethingsomeone is unable to deal with something:I left because I couldn't handle the pressure.handlehan|dle 2 [ `hændl ] noun count **1. ) the part of a door or window that you use for opening it:She turned the handle and pushed the door open.a ) the part of an object that you hold in your hand when you use it:knives with plastic handles2. ) VERY INFORMAL someone's namehave/get a handle on something INFORMALto understand something well:I soon began to get a handle on the new software.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.