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Manipulate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Steel feet up: manipulate metal up in amputee fleets.
  • Hero, to manipulate madness, send a metal up in a motor, eh?
  • Now a sign is open, I manipulate men; I mine metal up in a mine; posing, I saw on.
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The word manipulate and its family (manipulated, manipulates, manipulating, manipulation, manipulations, manipulative) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Video footage: Communist soldiers parade in Russia and other places such as Korea to manipulate the masses and spread propaganda in the 1950s. (1950s)
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Definition of the verb manipulate

What does manipulate mean as a doing word?

Manipulate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: manipulated | manipulating | manipulates

  1. influence or control shrewdly or deviously
  2. hold something in one's hands and move it
  3. tamper, with the purpose of deception
  4. manipulate in a fraudulent manner
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of manipulate: rig
    • more generic word: price = determine the price of
  5. maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage
    • example: She manipulates her boss
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of manipulate: control / keep in line
    • more generic word: interact = act together or towards others or with others
    • more specific words:
      • tease = to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
      • handle = show and train
      • ingratiate = gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  6. treat manually, as with massage, for therapeutic purposed
    • example: Did he manipulate his foot?
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic terms: care for / treat = provide treatment for

Alternative definition of the verb manipulate


  1. [transitive] To move, arrange or operate something using the hands
  2. [transitive] To influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something
  3. [transitive, medicine] To handle and move a body part, either as an examination or for a therapeutic purpose

Specialised definition of the verb manipulate

Glossary of sports

to rub or move parts of the body with the hands to treat a joint, a slipped disc or a hernia (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Manipulate

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Google previewLiberal Betrayal of America and the Tea Party Firestorm (2010)

by William Davis Eaton

The hero turned anti-hero, immersed within himself, docile and easy to manipulate is the vision of the present American revolution and its mutation into Civil War. From the image of self love there is seldom reflected the obligation of social ...

Google previewNight Game (2011)

A John Marquez Crime Novel by Kirk Russell

” “Manipulate is the word you' re looking for.” Marquez got out a flashlight, and they climbed over the gate ...

Google previewStatistical Issues in Drug Development (2008)

by Stephen S. Senn

Ltd manipulate is the sample size. Hence, the usual point of. Statistical Issues in Drug Development: 13 Determining the Sample Size 13.1 Background.

Google previewMetallurgical & Chemical Engineering (1911)

by Eugene Franz Roeber, Howard Coon Parmelee

The simplest cover to manipulate is a floating cup, about 1 mm narrower than the calorimeter opening. The evaporation with such a cover will seldom reach 1 mg per minute, which means 0.6 calory heat loss a minute. If the cooling correction ...

Google previewWelding Engineer (1920)

The reason the arc isi difficult to manipulate is that the operator must use the) full temperature of the arc or must break it entirely. There is no intermediate point between. The corresponding case) in oxy-acetylene welding is that in which the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language and Education (2012)

Research Methods in Language and Education by Nancy Hornberger, P. Corson

An experimental design enables the researcher to manipulate an independent variable while controlling other independent variables. For instance, an investigator may manipulate feedback on children's reading attempts to produce differential ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

*obstacle Ant asset handicraft craft, art, *trade, profession handicraftsman craftsman, workman, artisan, mechanic, workingman, laborer, operative, hand, roustabout, *worker handle vb 1 Handle, manipulate, wield, swing, ply are comparable ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1914)

by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

manipulate Sp. Pg. manipular = P. manipuler), take or lead by the hand, < manipulus, a nandful : see maniple.]...

< manipulate, lead by the ...

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Usage statistics about manipulate

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Quotes about Manipulate

Successful ... politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. (Walter Lippmann)
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Scrabble value of M3A1N1I1P3U1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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