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manipulate

[ muh-nip-yuh-leyt ]
/ m蓹藞n瑟p y蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ma路nip路u路lat路ed, ma路nip路u路lat路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鈥30; back formation from manipulation

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British Dictionary definitions for manipulate

manipulate
/ (m蓹藞n瑟pj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
(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

Word Origin for manipulate

C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful
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Medical definitions for manipulate

manipulate
[ m蓹-n沫py蓹-l膩t鈥 ]

v.
To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.
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