AskDefine | Define manipulate

Dictionary Definition



1 influence or control shrewdly or deviously; "He manipulated public opinion in his favor" [syn: pull strings, pull wires]
2 hold something in one's hands and move it
3 fake or falsify; "Fudge the figures"; "cook the books"; "falsify the data" [syn: fudge, fake, falsify, cook, wangle, misrepresent]
4 manipulate in a fraudulent manner; "rig prices" [syn: rig]
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" [syn: keep in line, control]
6 treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /məˈnɪpjʊleɪt/, /m@"nIpjUleIt/


  1. To move, arrange or operate something using the hands
  2. To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something to one’s own advantage
  3. To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose

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Extensive Definition

In general, manipulation is a human activity dealing with physical states of objects, or mental states of persons. The goal of manipulation is either not clear, or incomprehensible or morally/legally unacceptable.
In particular, the word manipulation can refer to:
In finance:

See also

manipulate in Czech: Manipulace (rozcestník)
manipulate in French: Manipulation
manipulate in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Manipulation (disambiguation)
manipulate in Polish: Manipulacja
manipulate in Portuguese: Manipulação
manipulate in Russian: Манипуляция
manipulate in Finnish: Manipulointi

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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