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manipulate

Pronunciation: /məˈnɪpjəleɪt; məˈnɪpjʊleɪt/

Translation of manipulate in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (handle) manejar, manipular
    Example sentences
    • The surgeon can perform intricate procedures by using joystick-like controls to manipulate the surgical instruments.
    • One robotic arm is used to position the endoscope to provide visualisation of the operative site, while the other two robotic arms manipulate surgical instruments under the surgeon's control.
    • In art classes, each student explores and manipulates varied tools and mediums.
    1.2 [Medicine/Medicina] manipular
    Example sentences
    • A trainer assists him with physical therapy, manipulating his body to prepare the joints for the rigors of swinging a golf club as violently as Woods does.
    • During a massage, a therapist manipulates your body's soft tissues - your muscles, skin and tendons - using his or her fingertips, hands and fists.
    • Manual healing treats medical problems by manipulating and realigning body parts.
    1.3 (influence, control) manipular
    Example sentences
    • We should always be trying to influence and manipulate our opponents - this is critical - but there is only so much we can do about that.
    • Don't allow judgmental and critical people to influence and manipulate you, as you are ready to make a final decision about the past.
    • It requires a seasoned politician to take advantage of a no-win situation and manipulate circumstances to drive home a point.

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