Definition of manipulate
1 : to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner manipulate a pencil manipulate a machine
2a : to manage or utilize skillfully quantify our data and manipulate it statistically — S. L. Payneb : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage being used and manipulated by the knowing men around him — New Republic
3 : to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one's purpose : doctor suspected that the police reports were manipulated — Evelyn G. Cruickshanks
manipulatableplay \-ˌlā-tə-bəl\ adjective
manipulationplay \-ˌni-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
manipulativeplay \-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv, -lə-\ adjective
manipulatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
manipulatoryplay \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective
Examples of manipulate in a Sentence
The baby is learning to manipulate blocks.
The mechanical arms are manipulated by a computer.
The doctor manipulated my back.
The program was designed to organize and manipulate large amounts of data.
He's always been good at manipulating numbers in his head.
As part of the experiment, students manipulated light and temperature to see how it affected the plants.
She knows how to manipulate her parents to get what she wants.
He felt that he had been manipulated by the people he trusted most.
The editorial was a blatant attempt to manipulate public opinion.
He's accused of trying to manipulate the price of the stock.
Recent Examples of manipulate from the Web
Investigators arrested Dale Leary and his second wife last month on sex charges, saying the two had lured the wife's 14-year-old sister to Miami and manipulated her into participating in sex acts and pornographic photo shoots.
Take the fight to the ground as if trying to manipulate a limb, then transition to a triangle choke.
To use someone’s death to manipulate a scenario that has no basis in truth is disturbing.
At Ole Miss, football coach Hugh Freeze has somehow manipulated unquestioned job security by his university despite running a program afoul of NCAA law.
Zuma’s ties to the Gupta family, Indian immigrant businessmen accused of trying to manipulate top government leaders and state companies for financial gain, have stirred public anger.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up a momentous fight over parties manipulating electoral districts to gain partisan advantage in a case that could affect the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans across the United States.
Before shooting, Giles was ask to pump-fake a pass to simulate manipulating the defense to create more space to shoot.
One of the most insidious tools in CrashOverride manipulates the settings on electric power control systems.
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Origin and Etymology of manipulate
back-formation from manipulation, from French, from manipuler to handle an apparatus in chemistry, ultimately from Latin manipulus
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
MANIPULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of manipulate for English Language Learners
: 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
MANIPULATE Defined for Kids
Definition of manipulate for Students
1 : to operate, use, or move with the hands or by mechanical means She learned to manipulate the levers of the machine.
2 : to manage skillfully and especially with intent to deceive The candidates tried to manipulate public opinion.
Medical Definition of manipulate
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
2a: to manage or utilize skillfullyb: to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage
Legal Definition of manipulate
: 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
manipulator\mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tər\ play noun
manipulatory\mə-ˈni-pyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ play adjective
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