Definition of manipulation in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˌnɪpjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The action of manipulating something in a skilful manner: the format allows fast picture manipulation [count noun]: conscious manipulations of oral language
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  • It is the skilful manipulation of this single stitch that lends an interesting and characteristic dimension to the needlework.
  • Although more a work of low relief, it shares with Apollo and Marpessa the creation of depth on a shallow surface by skilful manipulation of planes.
  • Does beauty lie in the artist's skilful manipulation of materials, or ideas?
2The action of manipulating someone in a clever or unscrupulous way: there was no deliberate manipulation of visitors' emotions [count noun]: he saw through her manipulations
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  • Juries are human, and can be easily swayed by the emotions of the case, and the clever manipulation of a strong barrister.
  • It made perfect sense that she was working with Mercalli, and that she'd won Stratford over by clever manipulation to get her post with the company.
  • Some deliberate manipulation must have taken place.


Early 18th century: from French, from Latin manipulus 'handful'.

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