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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

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2 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently
  • spin doctors manipulating the data to make it seem more favorable to their preferred candidates

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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

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The first known use of manipulate was in 1834

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“Manipulate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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