• WordNet 3.6
    • v manipulate treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed
    • v manipulate hold something in one's hands and move it
    • v manipulate 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"
    • v manipulate manipulate in a fraudulent manner "rig prices"
    • v manipulate influence or control shrewdly or deviously "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"
    • v manipulate tamper, with the purpose of deception "Fudge the figures","cook the books","falsify the data"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Manipulate To control the action of, by management; as, to manipulate a convention of delegates; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently; as, to manipulate accounts, or election returns; to manipulate the stock market.
    • Manipulate To treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when knowledge and dexterity are required; to manage in hand work; to handle; as, to manipulate scientific apparatus.
    • v. i Manipulate To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • manipulate 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.
    • manipulate 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).
    • manipulate To use the hands, as in mechanical or artistic operations, scientific experiments, mesmerism, etc.: as, to manipulate neatly or successfully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Manipulate ma-nip′ū-lāt to work with the hands
    • v.i Manipulate to use the hands, esp. in scientific experiments: to handle or manage: to give a false appearance to: to turn to one's own purpose or advantage
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  • Leo Buscaglia
    “We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “We can escape the commonplace only by manipulating it, controlling it, thrusting it into our dreams or surrendering it to the free play of our subjectivity.”
  • H. Stanley Judd
    H. Stanley Judd
    “You will live your life secure in that you are no longer manipulated by what other people want you to do and be, but are directed by your own inner desires.”
  • William A. Ward
    “Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”
  • Erich Fromm
    “We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.”
  • Henry Ford
    “Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. manipulatus, p. p. of manipulare, to lead by the hand, fr. L. manipulus,. See Maniple


In literature:

The great difficulty in manipulating platinum is its excessive resistance to heat.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884" by Various
The working of the apparatus, which only requires the manipulation of a single tap, is very simple.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 586, March 26, 1887" by Various
The Adjutant will give an exhibition of paper manipulation, using various Army Forms for this purpose.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 5, 1919" by Various
See how it manipulates the brute forces of Nature!
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
The tea ceremony presents certain definite ways of manipulating a bowl, a spoon, a napkin, etc.
"Bushido, the Soul of Japan" by Inazo Nitobé
Fortunately the Flying Fish was not very hard aground and a little manipulation got her off into deep water once more.
"The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol" by Howard Payson
As it required neither strength nor practised dexterity of manipulation, the firm intrusted it to assistants.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Acie's fondest ambition was to learn to manipulate the scales that told him who had done a good day's work and who had not.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
In this play Henry brought his manipulation of crowds to perfection.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Circumstance often played into the hand of an experienced manipulator like himself.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn

In poetry:

There is no great, there is no small;
Fate makes a tapestry of all,
each stitch is needed . . .
The gods be praised! that barman chap
Manipulates his frothing tap -
My plea is heeded.
"Dram-Shop Ditty" by Robert W Service
O fashion-bred damsel, with folly a-flutter,
Until you have learned how to manage a broom,
If never you know how to tidy a room,
Manipulate bread or decide about butter,
The duties of matron how dare you assume,
Or ever be bride to a sensible groom?
"Poor Housekeeping" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Search Rank Easy to Manipulate .
Greg Boser manipulates search engines for a living, and there's little the Googles of the world can do about it.
Day-Trading Firm Fined Over Manipulative Dealings.
Sarah Palin Calls Author Joe McGinness a 'Stone Cold Manipulative Liar'.
The Brilliant Genius Bar Manual That Teaches Apple Employees How To Manipulate Customers.
'Timothy Green's' life is more manipulative than odd.
Egypt's Brilliant, Manipulative Muslim Brotherhood.
Fox News's Sean Hannity sniffs ' manipulative ' polling numbers.
Prosecutors in the criminal campaign finance case against former Senator John Edwards described him on Monday as a manipulative politician who refused to let his affair or his mistress' pregnancy sideline his presidential ambitions.
'Extremely Loud' And Incredibly Manipulative .
McMillen, "Using the Augmented Data Manipulator Network in PASM," Computer, vol 14, no.
TONIGHT on The Melting Pot Shpongle a strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midget.
For years, Cisco has advanced the idea of a "smart network"--one that intelligently manipulates data rather than acting as a mere conduit.
Ever since the dawn of the first adjustment, chiropractors have sought an objective way to demonstrate the effects of manipulation on the nerves.
You may also purchase (and sell) additional manipulative creations from Content Paradise, a " Poser market" Web site operated by Smith Micro, Poser 's publisher.

In science:

Vermaseren, “Symbolic manipulation with FORM” (Computer Algebra Nederland, Amsterdam, 1991).
Automated use of DIANA for two-fermion production at colliders
We have presented a framework for relational databases under which positive disjunctive as well as explicit negative disjunctive facts can be represented and manipulated.
A Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Negative and Disjunctive Information
The micro-devices require large gradients of magnetic field s for manipulation of cold atoms.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
This paper presents an extension of generalized disjunctive paraconsistent relational data model in which pure disjunctive positive and negative information as well as mixed disjunctive positive and negative information can be represented explicitly and manipulated.
An Extended Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Disjunctive Information
Our model is capable of representing and manipulating pure disjunctive positive facts and disjunctive negative facts as well as mixed disjunctive positive and negative facts.
An Extended Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Disjunctive Information