1. 1〔人形を動かす〕
    • 人形を操る
    • manipulate [work] a puppet ((by strings))
  1. 2〔上手に扱う〕manage; handle; manipulate
    • 舟の櫓を操る
    • pull [manage] an oar
    • 船を操る
    • manage [steer] a boat
    • 馬を操る
    • handle [manage] one's horse
    • 英語をうまく操る
    • He has a good command of English./He can speak English fluently.
    • 世論を操る
    • manipulate public opinion
  1. 3〔背後から巧妙に動かす〕
    • 彼は部下を思うままに操った
    • He had his men completely under control [his thumb]./He controlled his men like puppets on strings.
    • 彼は実業界を操っている
    • He pulls the strings in the business world.