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English verb: manipulate

1. manipulate (social) influence or control shrewdly or deviously

SamplesHe manipulated public opinion in his favor.

Synonymspull strings, pull wires

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

2. manipulate (contact) hold something in one's hands and move it

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)handle, palm

Narrower (hyponym)control, diddle, fiddle, fiddle, fiddle with, handle, knead, knead, lay hands on, manage, massage, mix, monkey, mouse, operate, play, rub down, ruffle, shuffle, tamper, toy, twiddle, wield, work

3. manipulate (social) tamper, with the purpose of deception

SamplesFudge the figures.
Cook the books.
Falsify the data.

Synonymscook, fake, falsify, fudge, misrepresent, wangle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel

Narrower (hyponym)juggle

4. manipulate (possession) manipulate in a fraudulent manner

SamplesRig prices.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)price

5. manipulate (emotion) control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

SamplesShe manipulates her boss.
She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up.
The teacher knew how to keep the class in line.
She keeps in line.

Synonymscontrol, keep in line

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)interact

Narrower (hyponym)handle, ingratiate, tease

6. manipulate (body) treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed

ExamplesDid he manipulate his foot?

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care for, treat

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