- 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.
Origin of manipulate
First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from manipulation
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3. juggle, falsify.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- (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
C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful
Word Origin and History for manipulatable
1827, "to handle skillfully by hand," a back-formation from manipulation. Of mental influence, from 1864. Financial sense is from 1870. In mid-20c., it served as a euphemism for "masturbation." Related: Manipulated; manipulating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.
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