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English definition of “manipulate”

manipulate

verb [T] (USE HANDS)    /məˈnɪp.jʊ.leɪt/
to control something using the hands : The wheelchair is designed so that it is easy to manipulate.Controlling and being in charge 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 .Physiotherapy, massage and osteopathy
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