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manipulate

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verb, ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of manipulate

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of manipulate

manipulatedmanipulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner

  3. 2 a :  to manage or utilize skillfully b :  to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage

  4. 3 :  to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose :  doctor

manipulatable play \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective
manipulation play \-ˌni-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
manipulative play \-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv, -lə-\ adjective
manipulatively adverb
manipulativeness noun
manipulator play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
manipulatory play \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective

Examples of manipulate in a sentence

  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.



Origin of manipulate

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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MANIPULATE Defined for Kids

manipulate

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verb ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of manipulate for Students

manipulatedmanipulating

  1. 1 :  to operate, use, or move with the hands or by mechanical means <She learned to manipulate the levers of the machine.>

  2. 2 :  to manage skillfully and especially with intent to deceive <The candidates tried to manipulate public opinion.>




Medical Dictionary

manipulate

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

Medical Definition of manipulate

manipulated; manipulating

  1. 1:  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>

  2. 2a:  to manage or utilize skillfullyb:  to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage

manipulative \-ˈnip-yə-ˌlāt-iv, -lət-\play play adjective
manipulativeness noun



Law Dictionary

manipulate

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transitive verb ma·nip·u·late \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\

Legal Definition of manipulate

manipulatedmanipulating

  1. :  to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose; specifically :  to affect (the price of securities) artificially in order to deceive or mislead investors

manipulable \mə-ˈni-pyə-lə-bəl\ play adjective
manipulation \mə-ˌni-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ play noun
manipulative \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv, -lə-tiv\ play adjective
manipulatively adverb
manipulativeness noun
manipulator \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tər\ play noun
manipulatory \mə-ˈni-pyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ play adjective




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