What is the opposite of manipulate?

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Opposite of to handle or operate something
“I hope they will be careful with the pianos and not mishandle them and get them out of tune.”
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Opposite of to exploit or use something to one's advantage
“As humans adapt to their environment, and as they change to meet new challenges posed by their constantly changing environments, their cultures change and evolve.”
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Opposite of to obtain, arrange, or achieve by deceitful methods or by trickery
“He gave his time and energy to help me in finding justice, and for that, I am eternally grateful.”
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Opposite of to influence, manage, direct, control or tamper with something
“They would spend months trying to fix the data after it was corrupted by a hacker.”
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Opposite of to examine or treat (a part of the body) by feeling or moving it with the hand
“My books are on shelves that are so high that I pull a muscle in my neck just from looking up.”
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Opposite of to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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Opposite of to scheme or plot, typically in a manipulative or deceitful manner
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Opposite of to wield or make use of
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of to touch or feel with the fingers
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Opposite of to handle, maneuver or manipulate something in a skillful manner
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Opposite of to make use of
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Opposite of to alter or manipulate, especially with the intention to deceive
“Photography purists will leave the original photo.”
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Opposite of to affect without completely changing
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Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“His chief defect was his forgetfulness and absence of mind, which made him mismanage important business.”
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Opposite of to persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception
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Opposite of to knead body parts with one's hands
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Opposite of to control or start the operation of
“We have to stop mechanical operations because two of the machines are faulty.”
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Opposite of to cause to have opposite (usually negative) opinions about someone or something
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Opposite of to arrange or contrive
“The political consultant was prepared to play by the rules in order to get his candidate elected.”
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Opposite of to influence, usually emotionally
“You almost have to desensitize yourself to the madness just to stay sane.”
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Opposite of to obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect, complicated or intensive efforts
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Opposite of to debase or render impure by alterations, manipulations or undesirable additions
“An effective method to purify water is to bring it to a boil.”
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Opposite of to deal with (something) effectively or skillfully
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(colloquial) Opposite of to deceive someone
“I can always trust my accountant to be honest with me.”
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Opposite of to make use of
“We would forgo the use of drones during our filming so as not to scare the animals.”
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Opposite of to alter something from its true state, typically to deceive
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(impose on/upon) Opposite of to take advantage of
“You have done so much for me in the past, and I just wanted to return the favor.”
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Opposite of to direct or influence the behavior or development of
“What that tells me is that right now, is that whatever is being reported could be information to deceive and mislead people.”
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Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
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(computing) Opposite of to manipulate data or information with a computer or software
“This is too tedious to do manually without some computational help.”
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