manipulate

[muh-nip-yuh-leyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. maninke,
  2. manioc,
  3. maniple,
  4. manipulable,
  5. manipular,
  6. manipulation,
  7. manipulative,
  8. manipulator,
  9. manipur,
  10. manisa

Origin of manipulate

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from manipulation

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British Dictionary definitions for manipulate

manipulate

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

Word Origin for manipulate

C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful

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Word Origin and History for manipulate

manipulate

v.

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

Medicine definitions for manipulate

manipulate

[mə-nĭpyə-lāt′]

v.

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

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