manipulate

[muh-nip-yuh-leyt]
verb (used with object), manipulated, manipulating.
1.
to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner: to manipulate people's feelings.
2.
to handle, manage, or use, especially with skill, in some process of treatment or performance: to manipulate a large tractor.
3.
to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage.
4.
Medicine/Medical. to examine or treat by skillful use of the hands, as in palpation, reduction of dislocations, or changing the position of a fetus.

Origin:
1820–30; back formation from manipulation

manipulatable, adjective
manipulatory [muh-nip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
nonmanipulative, adjective
nonmanipulatory, adjective
outmanipulate, verb (used with object), outmanipulated, outmanipulating.
unmanipulatable, adjective
unmanipulated, adjective
unmanipulative, adjective
unmanipulatory, adjective


3. juggle, falsify.
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manipulate (məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to handle or use, esp with some skill, in a process or action: to manipulate a pair of scissors
2.  to negotiate, control, or influence (something or someone) cleverly, skilfully, or deviously
3.  to falsify (a bill, accounts, etc) for one's own advantage
4.  (in physiotherapy) to examine or treat manually, as in loosening a joint
 
[C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful]
 
manipulability
 
n
 
ma'nipulatable
 
adj
 
ma'nipulable
 
adj
 
manipu'lation
 
n
 
ma'nipulative
 
adj
 
ma'nipulatively
 
adv
 
ma'nipulator
 
n
 
ma'nipulatory
 
adj

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manipulate
1831, "to handle skillfully by hand," a back formation from manipulation. Of mental influence, from 1864. In mid-20c., it served as a euphemism for "masturbation." Related: Manipulated; manipulating.
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manipulate ma·nip·u·late (mə-nĭp'yə-lāt')
v. ma·nip·u·lat·ed, ma·nip·u·lat·ing, ma·nip·u·lates
To handle and move in an examination or for therapeutic purposes.

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Example sentences
It is the kind of writing that appears to be casual when it is carefully
  manipulated.
They're also deeply bothered by seeing how easily words are manipulated so that
  the truth is destroyed.
Certain ants are manipulated in turn by a butterfly and a wasp.
The question is whether it also functions in people-and might be manipulated to
  extend human life.
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