Enable vs Manage - What's the difference?

enable | manage |

As verbs the difference between enable and manage

is that enable is to give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong while manage is to direct or be in charge of.

As a noun manage is

the act of managing or controlling something.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(Webster 1913)


(enabling) (enabl)
  • To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
  • * 1611 , King James Bible , "1 Tim. i. 12"
  • Who hath enabled me.
  • To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.
  • * 1711 , October 13, (Joseph Addison), (The Spectator) , number 195
  • Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=72-3, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.}}
  • To allow a way out or excuse for an action.
  • Antonyms

    * disable

    Derived terms

    * enabler * enablement * re-enable * reenable






  • To direct or be in charge of.
  • To handle or control (a situation, job).
  • To handle with skill, wield (a tool, weapon etc.).
  • * (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • It was so much his interest to manage his Protestant subjects.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.ii:
  • The most vnruly, and the boldest boy, / That euer warlike weapons menaged [...].
  • To succeed at an attempt
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-11-30, volume=409, issue=8864, magazine=(The Economist), author=Paul Davis
  • , title= Letters: Say it as simply as possible , passage=Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“ On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?}}
  • To achieve without fuss, or without outside help.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=Plastics are energy-rich substances, which is why many of them burn so readily. Any organism that could unlock and use that energy would do well in the Anthropocene. Terrestrial bacteria and fungi which can manage this trick are already familiar to experts in the field.}}
  • To train (a horse) in the manege; to exercise in graceful or artful action.
  • (obsolete) To treat with care; to husband.
  • (Dryden)
  • (obsolete) To bring about; to contrive.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * manageable * managed care * managed code * managed house * management * manager * managerial * unmanageable


  • The act of managing or controlling something.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.xii:
  • the winged God himselfe / Came riding on a Lion rauenous, / Taught to obay the menage of that Elfe [...].
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Young men, in the conduct and manage of actions, embrace more than they can hold.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the unlucky manage of this fatal brawl
  • (horseriding) .
  • See also

    * man * (projectlink)