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manipulate

[muh-nip-yuh-leyt] /məˈnɪp yəˌleɪt/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; back formation from manipulation
Related forms
manipulatable, adjective
manipulatory
[muh-nip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /məˈnɪp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonmanipulative, adjective
nonmanipulatory, adjective
outmanipulate, verb (used with object), outmanipulated, outmanipulating.
unmanipulatable, adjective
unmanipulated, adjective
unmanipulative, adjective
unmanipulatory, adjective
Synonyms
3. juggle, falsify.
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British Dictionary definitions for manipulatory

manipulate

/məˈnɪpjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) 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
Derived Forms
manipulability (məˌnɪpjʊləˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
manipulatable, manipulable, adjective
manipulation, noun
manipulative, adjective
manipulatively, adverb
manipulator, noun
manipulatory, adjective
Word Origin
C19: back formation from manipulation, from Latin manipulus handful
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Word Origin and History for manipulatory
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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manipulatory in Medicine

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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