The word "handle" can be used as a verb or as a noun.
When it’s a noun, this word describes that part of a device, a tool, or a machine where the hands are placed in order to operate it:
- Make sure you have a firm grip on the handle when you use a hammer.
- The handle on my briefcase broke, so I had to buy a new one.
- Vanessa broke the handle on her tennis racket.
He’s holding the axe by the handle.
The handle on her tennis racket is made of leather.
When you use "handle" as a verb, it means to manage or take care of a situation:
- Is he able to handle the responsibilities in his new job?
- Our supervisor does a good job of handling difficult customers.
- Do you know how to handle a snowmobile?
- Sheila’s new car handles well when she’s on the highway.
- Kevin can’t handle the pressure at work any longer.
- Can you handle working under pressure?
- I can’t handle this!
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This page was first published on January 26, 2012.