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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.


Synonymsrig


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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