- 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
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Examples from the Web for manipulate
And from their power structure within the prisons they manipulate and control events on the streets.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
He studied our use of language and the way that words are manipulated to manipulate the populace.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
They are actually using the media around the galaxy to manipulate events and make people feel they have more power than they do.‘Star Wars Rebels’ Explores the Jedi’s Lost Years Between the Prequels and the Original Trilogy
August 2, 2014
But tech geeks, with their superhuman ability to manipulate ones and zeroes, do.Occupying the Throne: Justine Tunney, Neoreactionaries, and the New 1%
August 1, 2014
Raised by her mother to manipulate men and compete with women, Luce was fundamentally cold.Clare Boothe Luce's Vapid Second Act
July 5, 2014
Will they manipulate these and the like to suit their needs?The Memorabilia
They could not, or they would not, understand the people they sought to manipulate.The Market-Place
To raise it and manipulate the catch was out of the question.The Harbor of Doubt
At times it may be well to manipulate a muscle when at full tension.
Would not Hungary, for instance, be able to manipulate the railway freights?The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
- (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
Word Origin and History for manipulate
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.
- To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.