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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These fears extend to Washington, where Congress continues to probe Facebook over how political content and user data was manipulated during the 2016 election. Fortune, "Do Tech Companies Really Censor Political Views? Most Americans Think So," 28 June 2018 The occupational therapy team created a system of sticks with different tools attached to the end, such as writing utensils, that the girl could manipulate using her mouth. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s growing special ed population leads to expansion of services," 22 June 2018 Despite the aid and economic assistance provided by the Taiwanese government, Swaziland's opposition parties allege that the King manipulates the ties for his own benefit. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "The kingdom that China just can't flip," 8 June 2018 Just the FAQs Bitcoin prices see-sawed Thursday following a report that the Department of Justice and the nation's top commodities regulator are investigating whether traders have manipulated the price of digital currencies. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Bitcoin value gyrates amid report of Department of Justice manipulation investigation," 24 May 2018 The key feature of these structures is that researchers can precisely manipulate their shape, size, and components to create specific properties. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Alan Turing's Last Paper Inspires a Better Way to Desalinate Water," 3 May 2018 Blake agreed, and added that oftentimes pictures can be manipulated. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Talks Body Shamers and Self Love," 12 Apr. 2018 This is the country that has manipulated the Olympics, the American presidential election and social media in an ongoing quest for global power. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Casting a wary eye toward World Cup host Russia," 6 July 2018 In late 2016, Google’s security team scrambled to fix a critical vulnerability that allowed attackers to gain unfettered root access to Android devices by using a relatively new class of exploit that manipulates data stored in memory chips. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New RAMpage exploit revives Rowhammer attack to root Android devices," 2 July 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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