To touch, lift, or hold with the hands. To operate with the hands; manipulate. To deal with or have responsibility for; conduct: handles matters of corporate law. To cope with or dispose of: handles problems efficiently. To direct, execute, or dispose of: handle an investment. To manage, administer to, or represent: handle a boxer. To deal or trade in the purchase or sale of: a branch office that handles grain exports. To act or function in a given way while in operation: a car that handles well in the snow. A part that is designed to be held or operated with the hand. An opportunity or a means for achieving a purpose. Understanding or control: has a handle on the situation. Slang A person's name. Games The total amount of money bet on an event or over a set period of time. get Informal To achieve an understanding of: I was finally able to get a handle on the true nature of the problem.