manipulate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"manipulate" in British English

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manipulateverb [T]

uk   us   /məˈnɪp.jʊ.leɪt/

manipulate verb [T] (INFLUENCE)

mainly disapproving to ​control something or someone to ​youradvantage, often ​unfairly or ​dishonestly: Throughout her ​career she has very ​successfully manipulated the ​media. The ​oppositionleaderaccusedgovernmentministers 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 ​correctposition and put ​pressure on ​muscles: The ​doctor manipulated the ​base of my ​spine and the ​paindisappearedcompletely.
(Definition of manipulate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"manipulate" in American English

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manipulateverb [T]

 us   /məˈnɪp·jəˌleɪt/

manipulate verb [T] (INFLUENCE)

to ​influence or ​control someone to ​youradvantage, often without that ​personknowing it: Her ​success is ​partlydue to her ​ability to manipulate the ​media.

manipulate verb [T] (TOUCH)

to ​control something by using the ​hands: The ​wheelchair is ​designed to be ​easy to manipulate.
(Definition of manipulate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"manipulate" in Business English

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manipulateverb [T]

uk   us   /məˈnɪpjəleɪt/
to ​control or ​influence something or someone so that you get an ​advantage, often ​unfairly or dishonestly: He can manipulate ​situations mostly to his ​benefit. The ​company denied that it had been involved in any attempt to manipulate the ​market. Confusion over ​regulations reigns, and ​companies can manipulate the ​system.
to use something, often with a lot of ​skill: The ​controls on the ​machine are quite hard to manipulate.
IT to ​change, ​move, etc. ​information on a ​computer: Spreadsheets are an excellent way to manipulate ​data.
(Definition of manipulate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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