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manipulate (məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt Pronunciation for manipulate



  1. (transitive) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or action   ⇒ to manipulate a pair of scissors
  2. to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
  3. to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
  4. (in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint

Derived Forms

manipulability (məˌnɪpjʊləˈbɪlɪtɪ Pronunciation for manipulability  noun
maˈnipuˌlatable, maˈnipulable adjective
maˌnipuˈlation noun
maˈnipulative adjective
maˈnipulatively adverb
maˈnipuˌlator noun
maˈnipulatory adjective

Word Origin

C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful


View thesaurus entry
= influence, control, direct, guide, conduct, negotiate, exploit, steer, manoeuvre, do a number on, twist around your little finger
= massage, rub, knead, palpate
= falsify, alter, distort, change, doctor, cook, rig, interfere with, fiddle with, juggle, tamper with, tinker with, misrepresent

Translations for 'manipulate'

  • British English: manipulatePronunciation for manipulate If you say that someone manipulates people or events, you disapprove of them because they control or influence them to produce a particular result.She manipulated Terry into giving her a job.məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt VERB
  • Arabic: يَتَلَاعَبُPronunciation for يَتَلَاعَبُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: manipularPronunciation for manipular
  • Chinese: 操纵Pronunciation for 操纵
  • Croatian: manipuliratiPronunciation for manipulirati
  • Czech: manipulovatPronunciation for manipulovat zmanipulovat
  • Danish: manipulerePronunciation for manipulere
  • Dutch: manipulerenPronunciation for manipuleren
  • European Spanish: manipularPronunciation for manipular
  • Finnish: manipuloidaPronunciation for manipuloida
  • French: manipulerPronunciation for manipuler
  • German: manipulierenPronunciation for manipulieren
  • Greek: χειρίζομαι επιδέξιαPronunciation for χειρίζομαι επιδέξια
  • Italian: manipolarePronunciation for manipolare
  • Japanese: 巧みに扱うPronunciation for 巧みに扱う
  • Korean: 조종하다Pronunciation for 조종하다
  • Norwegian: håndterePronunciation for håndtere
  • Polish: zmanipulowaćPronunciation for zmanipulować manipulować
  • Portuguese: manipularPronunciation for manipular
  • Romanian: a manipula
  • Russian: манипулироватьPronunciation for манипулировать
  • Spanish: manipularPronunciation for manipular
  • Swedish: manipuleraPronunciation for manipulera
  • Thai: ชักใยPronunciation for ชักใย
  • Turkish: idare etmekPronunciation for idare etmek
  • Ukrainian: маніпулювати
  • Vietnamese: thao túngPronunciation for thao túng

Example Sentences Including 'manipulate'

The conversation reconstructed from Strauss's ravings showed us he could not manipulate the Device.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Our brain knows what muscles to manipulate without our conscious thought.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
Far better than issuing the tired blasts from Pravda if you could manipulate the Western press into doing the job for you.
Forbes, Colin Cover Story


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