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MANIPULATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does manipulate mean? 

MANIPULATE (verb)
  The verb MANIPULATE has 6 senses:

1. influence or control shrewdly or deviously
2. hold something in one's hands and move it
3. fake or falsify
4. manipulate in a fraudulent manner
5. control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
6. treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

  Familiarity information: MANIPULATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MANIPULATE (verb)


Sense 1manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Influence or control shrewdly or deviously

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

pull wires; pull strings; manipulate

Context example:

He manipulated public opinion in his favor

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

act upon; influence; work (have and exert influence or effect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold something in one's hands and move it

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

handle; palm (touch, lift, or hold with the hands)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "manipulate"):

lay hands on (manage with the hands)

diddle; fiddle; play; toy (manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination)

fiddle; monkey; tamper (play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly)

mix; ruffle; shuffle (mix so as to make a random order or arrangement)

knead; work (make uniform)

knead; massage; rub down (manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes)

control; operate (handle and cause to function)

handle; wield (handle effectively)

fiddle with; twiddle (manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner)

mouse (manipulate the mouse of a computer)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fake or falsify

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

fudge; fake; falsify; misrepresent; wangle; manipulate; cook

Context examples:

Fudge the figures / cook the books / falsify the data

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

cheat; chisel (engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "manipulate"):

juggle (manipulate by or as if by moving around components)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Manipulate in a fraudulent manner

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

rig; manipulate

Context example:

rig prices

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

price (determine the price of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

keep in line; control; manipulate

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

interact (act together or towards others or with others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "manipulate"):

tease (to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them)

handle (show and train)

ingratiate (gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6manipulate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "manipulate" is one way to...):

care for; treat (provide treatment for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he manipulate his foot?


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