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manipulate

verb [T] uk   us   /məˈnɪp.jʊ.leɪt/

manipulate verb [T] (INFLUENCE)

mainly disapproving to control something or someone to your advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly: Throughout her career she has very successfully manipulated the media. The opposition leader accused government ministers of manipulating the statistics to suit themselves.

manipulate verb [T] (USE HANDS)

to control something using the hands: The wheelchair is designed so that it is easy to manipulate. to treat a part of the body, using the hands to push back bones into the correct position and put pressure on muscles: The doctor manipulated the base of my spine and the pain disappeared completely.
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