[ muh-nip-yuh-leyt ]
/ məˈnɪp yəˌleɪt /
verb (used with object), ma·nip·u·lat·ed, ma·nip·u·lat·ing.
to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner: to manipulate people's feelings.
to handle, manage, or use, especially with skill, in some process of treatment or performance: to manipulate a large tractor.
to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage.
Medicine/Medical. to examine or treat by skillful use of the hands, as in palpation, reduction of dislocations, or changing the position of a fetus.
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Origin of manipulate
First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from manipulation
OTHER WORDS FROM manipulate
ma·nip·u·lat·a·ble, adjectivema·nip·u·la·to·ry [muh-nip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /məˈnɪp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·ma·nip·u·la·tive, adjectivenon·ma·nip·u·la·to·ry, adjective
out·ma·nip·u·late, verb (used with object), out·ma·nip·u·lat·ed, out·ma·nip·u·lat·ing.un·ma·nip·u·lat·a·ble, adjectiveun·ma·nip·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·ma·nip·u·la·tive, adjectiveun·ma·nip·u·la·to·ry, adjective
Words nearby manipulate
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British Dictionary definitions for manipulatable
/ (məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt) /
(tr) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or actionto manipulate a pair of scissors
to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
(in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint
Derived forms of manipulate
manipulability (məˌnɪpjʊləˈbɪlɪtɪ), nounmanipulatable or manipulable, adjectivemanipulation, nounmanipulative, adjective
manipulatively, adverbmanipulator, nounmanipulatory, adjective
Word Origin for manipulate
C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful
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Medical definitions for manipulatable
[ mə-nĭp′yə-lāt′ ]
To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.
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