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Meaning & Definition of Manipulate in English

English

Manipulate

/mənɪpjəlet/

verb

1. Influence or control shrewdly or deviously

  • "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"
    synonym:
  • manipulate
  • ,
  • pull strings
  • ,
  • pull wires

2. Hold something in one's hands and move it

    synonym:
  • manipulate

3. Tamper, with the purpose of deception

  • "Fudge the figures"
  • "Cook the books"
  • "Falsify the data"
    synonym:
  • fudge
  • ,
  • manipulate
  • ,
  • fake
  • ,
  • falsify
  • ,
  • cook
  • ,
  • wangle
  • ,
  • misrepresent

4. Manipulate in a fraudulent manner

  • "Rig prices"
    synonym:
  • rig
  • ,
  • manipulate

5. Control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

  • "She manipulates her boss"
  • "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"
  • "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"
  • "She keeps in line"
    synonym:
  • manipulate
  • ,
  • keep in line
  • ,
  • control

6. Treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

    synonym:
  • manipulate