verb ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\

: to move or control (something) with your hands or by using a machine

medical : to move (muscles and bones) with your hands as a form of treatment

: to use or change (numbers, information, etc.) in a skillful way or for a particular purpose


Full Definition of MANIPULATE

transitive verb
:  to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner
a :  to manage or utilize skillfully
b :  to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage
:  to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose :  doctor
ma·nip·u·lat·able \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective
ma·nip·u·la·tion \-ˌni-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
ma·nip·u·la·tive \-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv, -lə-\ adjective
ma·nip·u·la·tive·ly adverb
ma·nip·u·la·tive·ness noun
ma·nip·u·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
ma·nip·u·la·to·ry \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtr-\ adjective

Examples of MANIPULATE

  1. The baby is learning to manipulate blocks.
  2. The mechanical arms are manipulated by a computer.
  3. The doctor manipulated my back.
  4. The program was designed to organize and manipulate large amounts of data.
  5. He's always been good at manipulating numbers in his head.
  6. As part of the experiment, students manipulated light and temperature to see how it affected the plants.
  7. She knows how to manipulate her parents to get what she wants.
  8. He felt that he had been manipulated by the people he trusted most.
  9. The editorial was a blatant attempt to manipulate public opinion.
  10. He's accused of trying to manipulate the price of the stock.


back-formation from manipulation, from French, from manipuler to handle an apparatus in chemistry, ultimately from Latin manipulus
First Known Use: 1834

Rhymes with MANIPULATE

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MANIPULATED Defined for Kids


verb ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of MANIPULATE for Kids

:  to operate, use, or move with the hands or by mechanical means <She learned to manipulate the levers of the machine.>
:  to manage skillfully and especially with intent to deceive <The candidates tried to manipulate public opinion.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈnip-yə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of MANIPULATE

:  to treat or operate with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner <manipulate the fragments of a broken bone into correct position>
a :  to manage or utilize skillfully b :  to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage
ma·nip·u·la·tive \-ˈnip-yə-ˌlāt-iv, -lət-\ adjective
ma·nip·u·la·tive·ness noun


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