Meaning of “manipulation” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “manipulation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"manipulation" in American English

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manipulationnoun [ C/U ]

us /məˌnɪp·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/

manipulation noun [ C/U ] (INFLUENCE)

the action of influencing or controlling someone or something to your advantage, often without anyone knowing it:

[ U ] They have been accused of illegal manipulation of the stock market.

manipulation noun [ C/U ] (TOUCH)

an act of controlling or moving something by using the hands:

[ U ] Often a dislocated finger can be fixed by manipulation.

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"manipulation" in Business English

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uk /məˌnɪpjəˈleɪʃən/ us

[ C or U ] the control of someone or something in order to get an advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly:

He believed that regulators should try to eliminate fraud and market manipulation.
Federal authorities are conducting a widespread investigation of the manipulation of stock option grants.

[ U ] using something, often with a lot of skill:

the manipulation of complex machinery

[ U ] IT the process of changing, moving, etc. information on a computer:

data manipulation

(Definition of “manipulation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)