transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: back-formation from manipulation, from French, from manipuler to handle an apparatus in chemistry, ultimately from Latin manipulus Date: 1834 1. to treat or operate with or as if with the hands or by mechanical means especially in a skillful manner 2. a. 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 ; doctormanipulatable adjectivemanipulation nounmanipulative adjectivemanipulatively adverbmanipulativeness nounmanipulator nounmanipulatory adjective

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  • manipulate — ma‧nip‧u‧late [məˈnɪpjleɪt] verb [transitive] 1. to make someone or something behave in the way you want, using skilful and often dishonest methods: manipulate somebody to do something • Companies manipulate consumers to buy their products… …   Financial and business terms

  • Manipulate — Ma*nip u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Manipulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Manipulating}.] [LL. manipulatus, p. p. of manipulare to lead by the hand, fr. L. manipulus. See {Maniple}.] 1. To treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manipulate — ma·nip·u·late /mə ni pyə ˌlāt/ vt lat·ed, lat·ing: to change by artful or unfair means so as to serve one s purpose; specif: to affect (the price of securities) artificially in order to deceive or mislead investors ma·nip·u·la·ble /mə ni pyə lə… …   Law dictionary

  • manipulate — [v1] maneuver, handle physically employ, feel, finger*, form, manage, mold, operate, ply, shape, swing, thumb*, use, wield, work; concepts 225,612 Ant. leave alone manipulate [v2] change to suit one’s desire beguile, conduct, control, direct,… …   New thesaurus

  • manipulate — [mə nip′yo͞o lāt΄, mə nip′yəlāt΄] vt. manipulated, manipulating [back form. < MANIPULATION] 1. to work, operate, or treat with or as with the hand or hands; handle or use, esp. with skill 2. to manage or control artfully or by shrewd use of… …   English World dictionary

  • Manipulate — Ma*nip u*late, v. i. To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work; specifically, to manage the apparatus or instruments used in scientific work, or in artistic or mechanical processes; also, specifically, to use the hand in mesmeric… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manipulate — (v.) 1827, to handle skillfully by hand, a back formation from MANIPULATION (Cf. manipulation). Of mental influence, from 1864. Financial sense is from 1870. In mid 20c., it served as a euphemism for masturbation. Related: Manipulated;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • manipulate — *handle, wield, swing, ply Analogous words: flourish, brandish, shake, *swing, wave, thrash …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • manipulate — The adjective derivatives are manipulable (‘capable of being manipulated’; not manipulatable) and manipulative (‘inclined to exploit unscrupulously’) …   Modern English usage

  • manipulate — ► VERB 1) handle or control with dexterity. 2) examine or treat (a part of the body) by feeling or moving it with the hand. 3) control or influence cleverly or unscrupulously. 4) alter or present (data) so as to mislead. DERIVATIVES manipulable… …   English terms dictionary

  • manipulate — verb ADVERB ▪ easily ▪ They believe that voters can be easily manipulated. ▪ successfully ▪ deftly, skilfully/skillfully ▪ deliberately …   Collocations dictionary

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