Definition of manipulation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of manipulating something in a skilful manner.

    ‘the format allows fast picture manipulation’
    count noun ‘conscious manipulations of oral language’
    • ‘Having a single file containing details all the CDs makes content manipulation much easier and faster.’
    • ‘Adobe Photoshop is for images and image manipulation.’
    • ‘The conscious use and manipulation of frame and structure allows the storyteller to engage the audience more deeply in the story.’
    • ‘One of the critical innovations is the invention of tweezers for molecular manipulation - the very tool that Primo Levi desired.’
    • ‘A rear end of the lever is externally accessible to allow manipulation by the user.’
    • ‘The other themes are genetic manipulation, ‘post-apocalypse’, and totalitarianism.’
    • ‘The one for the handcuffs is oversized to allow fast manipulation.’
    • ‘Discriminating the various objects within the world requires a system of labelling that can allow independent manipulation of those objects.’
    • ‘Does beauty lie in the artist's skilful manipulation of materials, or ideas?’
    • ‘How close are we to the possibility of using genetic manipulation to create faster and stronger athletes?’
    • ‘It allows for manipulation of written text and images with minimal cyber skills.’
    • ‘As for stem cell manipulation, the good doctor suggested we check back with him in a quarter-century or so.’
    • ‘Correct orientation principles ensure efficient control of solar gain and manipulation within the building fabric.’
    • ‘She gave me deep massage, then gentle manipulation.’
    • ‘Video teleconferencing also allows collaboration and manipulation of documents and data.’
    • ‘I am referring to genetic manipulation in agrobiology.’
    • ‘His mastery of vocal manipulation allowed him to pitch his voice like a frail old man from Texas.’
    • ‘It is the skilful manipulation of this single stitch that lends an interesting and characteristic dimension to the needlework.’
    • ‘You can counteract this by manipulation in the computer with your electronic paint brush.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘But their idea of world domination, through clever manipulations, to compensate for their small numbers, is not always seen as legitimate.’
    • ‘So far, none of the other commissions have found any evidence of deliberate manipulation, of pressure.’
    • ‘The tragedy of the past is not recreated through a deliberate manipulation of the reader's heartstrings.’
    • ‘The tale of intrigue, manipulation and tragedy unfolds in 18th-century Korea.’
    • ‘This sort of manipulation takes a lot of cleverness.’
    • ‘Of course, contrary to the fantasies of the press, the strike was not the result of manipulation by ‘scheming lefties’.’
    • ‘This is a nation whose operating culture is secrecy, repression, and manipulation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are many strands to the plot, each involving manipulation of others for personal advancement.’
    • ‘Juries are human, and can be easily swayed by the emotions of the case, and the clever manipulation of a strong barrister.’
    • ‘This could suggest that our manipulation was not successful in inducing a deliberative mindset.’
    • ‘I've been battling with this kind of manipulation for 33 years.’
    • ‘Behind such an outlook lies a deeply pessimistic view - that any change in society, if it is possible at all, will be the result of the clever schemes and manipulations of gifted individuals.’
    • ‘Planning, manipulation and management were essential parts of the programme.’
    • ‘Is this a display of misguided innocence, or the manipulation of youth by unscrupulous entrepreneurs?’
    • ‘Through clever manipulations, Lupin gets into the wine vault but it is a trap set by Zenigata!’
    • ‘This flexibility provides opportunities for manipulation, deception and misrepresentation.’
    • ‘Instead, they attempt to use tricks and minority manipulation to force public acceptance.’
    • ‘Some deliberate manipulation must have taken place.’
    • ‘This thriller of thrillers is a study of human conflict, jealousy and manipulation, which promises to baffle the most proficient sleuth.’
    stratagem, tactic, gambit, ploy, trick, dodge, ruse, plan, scheme, operation, device, plot, machination, artifice, subterfuge, intrigue
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Early 18th century: from French, from Latin manipulus ‘handful’.