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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 authorities definitely wanted to manipulate the currency," Mr. Soros said.
Globe and Mail (2003)
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
Its diminutive size is also its biggest weakness, as some of the buttons are difficult to manipulate.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Our brain knows what muscles to manipulate without our conscious thought.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
The 38-year-old special adviser's crime was to seek to manipulate for political advantage the worst terrorist act of modern times.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The conversation reconstructed from Strauss's ravings showed us he could not manipulate the Device.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
The osteopath will usually work from X-rays, and will manipulate the affected joints back into position.
Whiteside, Dr Mike Banish Headaches -how to obtain fast, drug-free relief from headache
The report argued that some anti-vivisection groups use "tactics of deception" designed to manipulate public opinion.
British Medical Journal (2002)


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