Manipulate Definition

manipulated, manipulates, manipulating
manipulated, manipulates, manipulating
To work, operate, or treat with or as with the hand or hands; handle or use, esp. with skill.
Webster's New World
To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or another body part or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner.
She manipulated the lights to get just the effect she wanted.
American Heritage
To manage or control artfully or by shrewd use of influence, often in an unfair or fraudulent way.
To manipulate an election by bribing the voters.
Webster's New World
To falsify (figures, accounts, etc.) for one's own purposes or profit; rig.
Webster's New World
To tamper with or falsify for personal gain.
Tried to manipulate stock prices.
American Heritage

Origin of Manipulate

  • Back-formation from manipulation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from manipulation.

    From Wiktionary

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