He manipulated public opinion in his favor.
She manipulates her boss.
She manipulated her children and never let them grow up.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5
The artist manipulated the clay in her palms.
He manipulated my back in interesting ways.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 6
NOTE: Manipulation can be of a product or a process.
The company manipulated the figures on its quarterly earnings report.
The scientist manipulated the data to maintain funding.
Enron manipulated prices to maximize profit.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 4