Manipulate: verb \mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlāt\
: 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
Full Definition of MANIPULATE
1: to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner
2a : to manage or utilize skillfully
b : to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage
3: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one’s purpose : doctor
— ma·nip·u·lat·able adjective
— ma·nip·u·la·tion noun
— ma·nip·u·la·tive adjective
— ma·nip·u·la·tive·ly adverb
— ma·nip·u·la·tive·ness noun
— ma·nip·u·la·tor noun
— ma·nip·u·la·to·ry adjective
Examples of MANIPULATE
- 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.
Origin of MANIPULATE
back-formation from manipulation, from French, from manipuler to handle an apparatus in chemistry, ultimately from Latin manipulus
First Known Use: 1834
transitive verb \mə-ˈnip-yə-ˌlāt\ (Medical Dictionary)
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
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