- 1(disapproving) to control or influence someone or 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.
- 2manipulate something to control or use something in a skillful way to manipulate the gears and levers of a machine Computers are very efficient at manipulating information.
- 3manipulate something (technology) to move a person's bones or joints into the correct position
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NAmE//məˈnɪpyəˌleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they manipulate
he / she / it manipulates
past simple manipulated
-ing form manipulating
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NAmE//məˌnɪpyəˈleɪʃn//noun [uncountable, countable] the manipulation of children through advertising data manipulation manipulation of the bones of the back