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verb [with object]
1handle or control (a tool, mechanism, etc.), typically in a skillful manner:he manipulated the dials of the set alter, edit, or move (text or data) on a computer. examine or treat (a part of the body) by feeling or moving it with the hand:a system of healing based on manipulating the ligaments of the spine 2control or influence (a person or situation) cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously:the masses were deceived and manipulated by a tiny group alter (data) or present (statistics) so as to mislead.