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I'm looking for a word to fill in the following blank:

I work in a national management team which __ the 25 company branches in the country.

This management team is the one which every branch reports to. The team decides the overall mission, year plan and such. As for the blank, I'm thinking about the words such as administer, oversee, govern, manage etc. But I'm not quite sure which one (or some other words) would fit in best.

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Please stop ending your posts with "thanks". – simchona Dec 27 '12 at 8:53
What's wrong with "manage", seems to be pretty apt here? – Mohit Dec 27 '12 at 9:00
Hi Mohit, I have used the word "manage" several times in the same essay. To avoid repetition, I'd like to choose another one. – lessismore Dec 27 '12 at 9:04
Personally, I'd go with "oversee" – simchona Dec 27 '12 at 9:09
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First decide the audience you are writing to. This will help you determine the "formality" of the vocabulary. The following words are options that can fill the black. If you already use "manage", go back and see if it can be replaced with any of these, then you will have "manage" to use in the most indicated sentence. And, when all else fails, use the Thesaurus.


  • Runs,
  • Directs,
  • Administers,
  • Supervises,
  • Oversees,
  • Operates,
  • Governs,
  • Controls.
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My first choice would be manage to fill the gap, but as you said, you want to avoid repetition, which leads me to use govern here.

I work in a national management team which governs the 25 company branches in the country.

The reason I would stick to govern is, you mentioned that

The team decides the overall mission, year plan and such.

and by definition, govern means

Conduct the policy, actions, and affairs of (a state, organization, or people).

So, I think "govern" is the best fit here.

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Would it be too formal here? – lessismore Dec 27 '12 at 9:31
Govern sounds too much like government. – Mitch Dec 27 '12 at 13:21

Some words worth considering are: supervise, control, monitor, co-ordinate.

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And which one would you suggest? – lessismore Dec 27 '12 at 9:11
It all depends on what you want what your constraints are. – Mitch Dec 27 '12 at 13:21

Administers would be a possibility -

From OED -

administer, v.

Originally: to perform or execute (a task, office, etc.).

Later also (now more usually): to carry out or oversee the tasks necessary for the running of (an organization) or the effecting of (a state of affairs); to manage, run (an operation, affairs, etc.); to manage the affairs of (an institution, community, etc.).

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