Manipulate meaning

mə-nĭpyə-lāt
Manipulate is defined as to move, arrange or control something in a skilled manner.

An example of manipulate is an expert flower arranger moving flowers around until they create the perfect design.

An example of manipulate is creating an artificial price on a stock in order to make a fast profit.

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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.

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

Manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery.

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To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously.

He manipulated public opinion in his favor.

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To tamper with or falsify for personal gain.

Tried to manipulate stock prices.

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To work, operate, or treat with or as with the hand or hands; handle or use, esp. with skill.
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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.

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To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or another body part or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner.
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To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.

Manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery.

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To move, arrange or operate something using the hands.
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To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something.
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(medicine) To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose.
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Origin of manipulate

  • Back-formation from manipulation

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

  • Back-formation from manipulation.

    From Wiktionary