1. [ verb ] influence or control shrewdly or deviously
Synonyms: pull_wires pull_strings

: "He manipulated public opinion in his favor."

Related terms: influence manipulation
2. [ verb ] hold something in one's hands and move it
Related terms: handle handle operate wield toy tamper massage knead shuffle twiddle mouse lay_hands_on handling
3. [ verb ] (business) manipulate in a fraudulent manner; of prices
Synonyms: rig
Related terms: price swindle
4. [ verb ] control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
Synonyms: control keep_in_line

"She 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"

Related terms: interact tease handle ingratiate controller
5. [ verb ] fake or falsify
Synonyms: fake falsify cook wangle misrepresent fudge

"Fudge the figures" "cook the books" "falsify the data"

Related terms: cheat juggle fabricate fake imposter misrepresentation falsifier misrepresentaation falsification fakery
6. [ verb ] treat manually, as with massage, in physiotherapy
Synonyms: treat_manually
Related terms: treat handling
Similar spelling:   manipulative