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[mahy-kroh-man-ij] /ˈmaɪ kroʊˌmæn ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), micromanaged, micromanaging.
to manage or control with excessive attention to minor details.
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micromanagement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for micromanage
  • The problem is that faculty have an incessant need to micromanage-everything.
  • The university has gone way too far and is attempting to micromanage the activities of students in a totally inappropriate way.
  • Who does it exactly is not essential and to micromanage as such would be seen as meddling.
  • Faith in the government's ability to micromanage the economy faded.
  • We do not need to ban development or micromanage which technology is used.
  • One regional governor told us that he has to micromanage everything because there are so few competent people around him.
  • But the agency did not micromanage-it essentially asked industry to manage a federal grant.
  • Don't micromanage the war with political brinksmanship.
  • The government should not be permitted to micromanage the economy and decide what industries will thrive or perish.
  • They have an infinite number of details to consider and probably micromanage subordinates and situations.
British Dictionary definitions for micromanage


(transitive) to control (a business or project) with excessive attention to minor details
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Word Origin and History for micromanage

by 1982, from micro- + manage (v.). Related: Micromanagement; micromanaged; micromanaging.

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