manipulate

verb
ma·nip·u·late | \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt \
manipulated; manipulating

Definition of manipulate 

transitive verb

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. Payne

b : 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 himNew 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

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Other Words from manipulate

manipulatable \-ˌlā-tə-bəl \ adjective
manipulation \-ˌni-pyə-ˈlā-shən \ noun
manipulative \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tiv, -lə- \ adjective
manipulatively adverb
manipulativeness noun
manipulator \-ˌlā-tər \ noun
manipulatory \-lə-ˌtȯr-ē \ 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.
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And on Monday, the MDC's chief election agent, Jameson Timba, said the state election commission had failed to provide an accurate voters' roll and was trying to manipulate the vote. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe's vote be?," 4 July 2018 Either way, no team would support a commissioner who favors the competitive interests of one team and tries to manipulate player transactions in order to benefit that team. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 July 2018 Literature’s most astute observer of human nature didn’t need to witness 21st-century nativism to dramatize how distressed people can be manipulated. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: History shows tariffs tend to end badly," 9 Mar. 2018 That's an expensive two-month rental, though as in any deal, the finances can be manipulated by the Rangers paying part of the contract. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Hamels knows what it's like to be traded. Why this time is different as Rangers seek suitors," 1 July 2018 The delay raised concerns that any chemicals potentially used could have degraded before inspectors reached the site or that evidence could have been manipulated. Hilary Mcgann And Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Experts want to exhume alleged Syria chemical attack victims for testing," 3 May 2018 Oxman is fascinated with organic systems and the potential for them to be manipulated. Diana Budds, Curbed, "5 reasons why Neri Oxman is more important than Brad Pitt right now," 11 Apr. 2018 The photos and videos haven't been edited by the latest Instagram filter or otherwise digitally manipulated. Allyson Chiu, courant.com, "Orange snow blankets Eastern Europe. There's an explanation.," 26 Mar. 2018 The city admitted early last year that contractors’ demolition bids were manipulated to avoid a $25,000 cap on per-house demolition costs. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit demolition documents suggesting bid-rigging get FBI review," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of manipulate

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manipulate

back-formation from manipulation, from French, from manipuler to handle an apparatus in chemistry, ultimately from Latin manipulus

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manipulate

verb

English Language Learners 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

manipulate

verb
ma·nip·u·late | \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt \
manipulated; manipulating

Kids Definition of manipulate

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.

manipulate

transitive verb
ma·nip·u·late | \mə-ˈnip-yə-ˌlāt \
manipulated; manipulating

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 skillfully

b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one's own advantage

Other Words from manipulate

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

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manipulate

transitive verb
ma·nip·u·late | \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt \
manipulated; manipulating

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

Other Words from manipulate

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

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