A sentence in THE ECONOMIST "Only about 0.1% of true stories were shared by more than 1,000 people, but 1% of false stories managed between 1,000 and 100,000 shares." Is “managed” the synonym of "shared"? But I cannot find this meaning in dictionary... Thanks.

  • I would suppose the article in The Economist to be about made-up stories whose authors had a specific purpose in mind when sharing the falsehoods, hence the stories themselves have a purpose. As Max says in his answer, the stories were able to achieve their goals to the extent mentioned, despite being a pack of lies.
    – TimR
    May 16, 2018 at 11:25
  • share here is the term used in social media: Share on Facebook, etc. So, when you share a story with someone, that is "a share".
    – Lambie
    May 16, 2018 at 13:36

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In this context, it means something like "were able to achieve". Here's a relevant entry from Dictionary.com:

1. to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship:
She managed to see the governor. How does she manage it on such a small income?

I would say the "difficulty" here is that these stories were false, yet they were able to achieve many shares.

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