American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner: She manipulated the lights to get just the effect she wanted.
- v. To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously: He manipulated public opinion in his favor.
- v. To tamper with or falsify for personal gain: tried to manipulate stock prices.
- v. Medicine To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes: manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To handle, or act on with the hands, as in artistic or mechanical operations; hence, in general, to subject to certain mechanical operations or to some method of handling, arranging, combining, etc.: as, the chemist exercises great care in manipulating his materials and apparatus.
- Figuratively, to operate upon by contrivance or influence; affect in a particular way by a definite course of treatment; manage; specifically, to manage insidiously; adapt or apply to one's own purpose or advantage; treat or use falsely or deceptively: as, to manipulate accounts or the facts of history (with the purpose of falsifying them).
- To use the hands, as in mechanical or artistic operations, scientific experiments, mesmerism, etc.: as, to manipulate neatly or successfully.
- v. transitive To move, arrange or operate something using the hands
- v. transitive To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something
- v. transitive, medicine To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when knowledge and dexterity are required; to manage in hand work; to handle.
- v. To control the action of, by management; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently.
- v. To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work to manage the apparatus or instruments used in scientific work, or in artistic or mechanical processes; also, specifically, to use the hand in mesmeric operations.
- v. hold something in one's hands and move it
- v. influence or control shrewdly or deviously
- v. control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
- v. treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed
- v. tamper, with the purpose of deception
- v. manipulate in a fraudulent manner
- Back formation of manipulation. (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from manipulation. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Keep in mind that the word manipulate has many definitions, including these from a Webster’s dictionary:”
“The fact that the person can relax in the knowledge that you are not going to take over, talk, interrupt, maneuver or manipulate is one of the key reasons they can think so well around you.”
“My greater concern is logical people with good home training will not cast votes and leave the door wide open for libs to once again manipulate the system.”
“RICHARD: I think the word manipulate is a bad term.”
“So yeah, Ree probably did emotionally manipulate, which is something that we all do to get what we want or we feel like we need.”
“An uneducated populace is easy to frighten and manipulate, which is clearly the way some people want it.”
“That is why they manipulate, that is why they ritualize emotion.”
“The pile of the best velvet is shorter than that of poorer kinds, and so is easier to manipulate, which is a further reason for using the best.”
“On Friday, the U.S. Treasury took a soft line with Beijing — for the moment — by delaying the release of a report on whether China and other nations "manipulate" their currencies.”
“On Friday, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is due to release the latest semiannual survey of world currencies, a congressionally mandated study meant to highlight countries that "manipulate" their currencies to gain a trade advantage.”
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