Meaning of “manipulate” in the English Dictionary

"manipulate" in British English

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manipulateverb [ T ]

uk /məˈnɪp.jə.leɪt/ us /məˈnɪp.jə.leɪt/

(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 your advantage, often without that person knowing it:

Her success is partly due 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 /məˈnɪpjəleɪt/ us

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)