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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: manipulation (18-21 centuries), from French, from manipule 'handful', from Latin manipulus

manipulate

verb
     
ma‧nip‧u‧late [transitive]
1 to make someone think and behave exactly as you want them to, by skilfully deceiving or influencing them:
He was one of those men who manipulated people.
You have the constant feeling you are being manipulated.
manipulate somebody into (doing) something
The thought that any parent would manipulate their child into seeking fame just appalled me.
2 to work skilfully with information, systems etc to achieve the result that you want:
software designed to store and manipulate data
You can integrate text with graphics and manipulate graphic images.
3 medicalMH to move and press bones or muscles to remove pain in them
4 to use skill in moving or handling something:
The workmen manipulated some knobs and levers.
manipulation noun [uncountable]
allegations of political manipulation
manipulation of photographic images
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