manipulate


manipulate

verb

Definition of MANIPULATE

1
to control or take advantage of by artful, unfair, or insidious means <the con man would slyly manipulate the emotions of his marks in order to win their sympathy and trust>
Synonyms exploit, play (upon)
2
to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently <a scientist effortlessly manipulating a slew of statistics while testifying before Congress>
Near Antonyms botch, bungle, foozle, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), mishandle, muff, scamp
3
to plan out usually with subtle skill or care <manipulated the schedule of presidential primaries so that the choice of the party elders would win the nomination>
Near Antonyms blow, bobble, botch, bungle, butcher, flub, fumble, gum (up), louse up, mangle, mess (up), mishandle, muff

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