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, 2012 at 8:53
  • What's wrong with "manage", seems to be pretty apt here?
    – Mohit
    Dec 27, 2012 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, 2012 at 9:04
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    Personally, I'd go with "oversee"
    – simchona
    Dec 27, 2012 at 9:09
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    – Andrew Leach
    Dec 27, 2012 at 9:59

4 Answers 4



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.

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.

  • Would it be too formal here?
    – lessismore
    Dec 27, 2012 at 9:31
  • Govern sounds too much like government.
    – Mitch
    Dec 27, 2012 at 13:21

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

  • And which one would you suggest?
    – lessismore
    Dec 27, 2012 at 9:11
  • It all depends on what you want what your constraints are.
    – Mitch
    Dec 27, 2012 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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