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Definition of Handle


  1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.
  2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  4. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock.
  5. To deal with; to make a business of.
  6. To treat; to use, well or ill.
  7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
  9. To use the hands.
  10. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.
  11. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
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Handle Translations

handle in Afrikaans is hanteer
handle in Danish is behandle
handle in Dutch is oor, kruk, handvat, hengsel, klink
handle in Finnish is neuvotella
handle in German is Griff, Stiel, verarbeiten, behandeln
handle in Italian is servire, gambo, orecchia
handle in Latin is contrecto
handle in Portuguese is punho
handle in Spanish is tratar, culata, mastil, asa
handle in Swedish is hantera, handha, handskas med, vev, handtag