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Definition of manipulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    manipulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they manipulate
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it manipulates
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪts//
     
    past simple manipulated
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle manipulated
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form manipulating
    BrE BrE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnɪpjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1(disapproving) to control or influence somebody/something, often in a dishonest way so that they do not realize it manipulate somebody/something She uses her charm to manipulate people. As a politician, he knows how to manipulate public opinion. manipulate somebody into something/into doing something They managed to manipulate us into agreeing to help.
  2. 2manipulate something (formal) to control or use something in a skilful way to manipulate the gears and levers of a machine Computers are very efficient at manipulating information.
  3. 3manipulate something (specialist) to move a person’s bones or joints into the correct position
  4. Word Origin early 19th cent.: back-formation from manipulation.Extra examples She knows how to manipulate the audience. They believe that voters can be easily manipulated. digitally manipulated images genetically manipulated organisms He knows how to manipulate public opinion. I had to learn to manipulate the gears and levers of the machine. The organization had been manipulated into bankruptcy.
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