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  1. [noun] the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
    Synonyms: grip, handgrip, hold

  2. [verb] be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
    Synonyms: manage, deal, care

  3. [verb] interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"
    Synonyms: treat, do by

  4. [verb] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
    Synonyms: cover, treat, plow, deal, address

  5. [verb] touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise"
    Synonyms: palm

  6. [verb] handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"
    Synonyms: wield

  7. [verb] show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"


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