from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously: He manipulated public opinion in his favor.
- transitive v. To tamper with or falsify for personal gain: tried to manipulate stock prices.
- transitive v. Medicine To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes: manipulate a joint; manipulate the position of a fetus during delivery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move, arrange or operate something using the hands
- v. To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something
- v. To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when knowledge and dexterity are required; to manage in hand work; to handle.
- transitive v. To control the action of, by management; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently.
- intransitive v. To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 from manipulation.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back formation of manipulation. (Wiktionary)