long, short

The table folds up and comes complete with a carrying handle.

broom, fork, knife, pickaxe/pickax, etc.
brass, metal, wooden, etc.
pull, push, try, turn

You have to turn the handle and then pull it.

He tried the handle but the door was locked.

grasp, grip
on a/the handle

His initials were on the knife handle.

1 touch sth with your hands
carefully, with care

A label on the crate read: ‘Handle with care’.


Gardening tools can be hazardous if carelessly handled.


Many of the prisoners were roughly handled; some were killed.

2 deal with sb/sth
competently, efficiently, properly, skilfully/skillfully, successfully, well

I think you handled that situation very well.

carefully, delicately

This issue may need to be handled carefully.


Her next question was not so easily handled.


The library routinely handles a wide variety of queries.

be able to, be unable to, can, know how to

This was a problem that I just couldn't handle.

She knew how to handle publicity.

be designed to, be equipped to

He wasn't mentally equipped to handle this situation.

learn how to
be easy to
be difficult to, be hard to

Large meetings are more difficult to handle.


She handled the crisis with total assurance.

Handle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑bureau
Handle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑affair, ↑ball, ↑business, ↑call, ↑cargo, ↑case, ↑challenge, ↑chore, ↑complaint, ↑complexity, ↑conflict, ↑correspondence, ↑crisis, ↑criticism, ↑data, ↑demand, ↑detail, ↑disagreement, ↑disappointment, ↑disaster, ↑dispute, ↑distribution, ↑divorce, ↑duty, ↑economy, ↑emergency, ↑emotion, ↑enquiry, ↑finance, ↑firearm, ↑food, ↑freight, ↑gun, ↑horse, ↑incident, ↑influx, ↑job, ↑liquor, ↑load, ↑mail, ↑management, ↑matter, ↑negotiation, ↑paperwork, ↑pressure, ↑problem, ↑query, ↑rejection, ↑relationship, ↑request, ↑responsibility, ↑rigour, ↑role, ↑situation, ↑stress, ↑task, ↑text, ↑thing, ↑traffic, ↑transaction, ↑truth, ↑waste, ↑workload

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