Definitions for manipulateməˈnɪp yəˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•nip•u•lateməˈnɪp yəˌleɪt(v.t.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. to manage or influence skillfully and often unfairly:

    to manipulate people's feelings.

  2. to handle or use, esp. with skill:

    to manipulate a large tractor.

  3. to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage.

  4. to examine or treat by skillful use of the hands, as in palpation, reduction of dislocations, or changing the position of a fetus.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of manipulate:

1820–30; back formation from manipulation

ma•nip′u•lat`a•ble(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manipulate, pull strings, pull wires(verb)

    influence or control shrewdly or deviously

    "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"

  2. manipulate(verb)

    hold something in one's hands and move it

  3. fudge, manipulate, fake, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent(verb)

    tamper, with the purpose of deception

    "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data"

  4. rig, manipulate(verb)

    manipulate in a fraudulent manner

    "rig prices"

  5. manipulate, keep in line, control(verb)

    control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

    "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line"

  6. manipulate(verb)

    treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. manipulate(verb)əˈnɪp yəˌleɪt

    to influence what sb does for your own benefit

    groups that attempt to manipulate public opinion

  2. manipulateəˈnɪp yəˌleɪt

    to skilfully use or control

    She skilfully manipulates the fabric as she sews.

Wiktionary

  1. manipulate(Verb)

    To move, arrange or operate something using the hands

  2. manipulate(Verb)

    To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something

  3. manipulate(Verb)

    To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose

  4. Origin: Back formation of manipulation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manipulate(verb)

    to treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when knowledge and dexterity are required; to manage in hand work; to handle; as, to manipulate scientific apparatus

  2. Manipulate(verb)

    to control the action of, by management; as, to manipulate a convention of delegates; to manipulate the stock market; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently; as, to manipulate accounts, or election returns

  3. Manipulate(verb)

    to use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work; specifically, to manage the apparatus or instruments used in scientific work, or in artistic or mechanical processes; also, specifically, to use the hand in mesmeric operations

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'manipulate' in Verbs Frequency: #935


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