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Definition of "manipulate" []

  • To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner: She manipulated the lights to get just the effect she wanted. (verb-transitive)
  • To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously: He manipulated public opinion in his favor. (verb-transitive)
  • To tamper with or falsify for personal gain: tried to manipulate stock prices. (verb-transitive)
  • Medicine To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes: manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "manipulate" in a sentence
  • "Keep in mind that the word manipulate has many definitions, including these from a Webster’s dictionary:"
  • "The fact that the person can relax in the knowledge that you are not going to take over, talk, interrupt, maneuver or manipulate is one of the key reasons they can think so well around you."
  • "My greater concern is logical people with good home training will not cast votes and leave the door wide open for libs to once again manipulate the system."