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Definition of manipulate:

  1. To control the action of, by management; as, to manipulate a convention of delegates; to manipulate the stock market; also, to manage artfully or fraudulently; as, to manipulate accounts, or election returns.
  2. To treat, work, or operate with the hands, especially when knowledge and dexterity are required; to manage in hand work; to handle; as, to manipulate scientific apparatus.
  3. To use the hands in dexterous operations; to do hand work; specifically, to manage the apparatus or instruments used in scientific work, or in artistic or mechanical processes; also, specifically, to use the hand in mesmeric operations.

Synonyms:

hedge, evade, alter, assure, counterfeit, bull, exploit, handle, cook, fix, ensure, bullshit, pull wires, belie, wield, verify, work, talk through one's hat, master, knead, fudge, insure, interpolate, see to it, hold in, operate, used, rig, manage, elude, contain, skirt, check, see, keep in line, set up, command, make, ready, parry, maneuver, duck, warp, ascertain, falsify, curb, fake, misrepresent, finagle, garble, set, prepare, pull strings, put off, play, distort, sidestep, dodge, straight, wangle, control, forge, hold, circumvent, moderate.

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