- a planned and regulated movement or evolution of troops, warships, etc.
- maneuvers, a series of tactical exercises usually carried out in the field by large bodies of troops in simulating the conditions of war.
- an act or instance of changing the direction of a moving ship, vehicle, etc., as required.
- an adroit move, skillful proceeding, etc., especially as characterized by craftiness; ploy: political maneuvers.
- to change the position of (troops, ships, etc.) by a maneuver.
- to bring, put, drive, or make by maneuvers: He maneuvered his way into the confidence of the enemy.
- to manipulate or manage with skill or adroitness: to maneuver a conversation.
- to steer in various directions as required.
- to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
- to scheme; intrigue.
Origin of maneuver
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Examples from the Web for maneuvered
He was the principal architect of the IRA peace strategy; without him the IRA would never have been maneuvered out of violence.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust
May 1, 2014
The U.S. may have maneuvered past the fiscal cliff and has put off debt-ceiling brinksmanship.Political Tensions Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum
January 27, 2013
A deft chess player, Schwarzenegger had maneuvered her between the proverbial rock and a hard place.Is Arnold Schwarzenegger Still Lying?
A. L. Bardach
September 30, 2012
He has maneuvered among overlapping relationships with three wives, including the mother of his four children.Terrorism Trial's Unreliable Narrator
May 30, 2011
In the early stages of the last campaign, Mitt maneuvered to run to the right of his major opponents.The 2012 Race: A Tale of Two Mormons
May 11, 2011
With this plan in mind, he maneuvered for a commanding position.Under Arctic Ice
With a heavy sigh, he maneuvered his huge bear of a body to its feet.Rescue Squad
Thomas J. O'Hara
He maneuvered to come alongside, and there was blinding light everywhere.The Pirates of Ersatz
Merrifield led the way; Fisher maneuvered for last place and secured it.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
He maneuvered laterally to keep the doughnut centered on the line of approach.Tulan
Carroll Mather Capps
- the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Word Origin and History for maneuvered
1777, from maneuver (n.), or else from French manœurvrer "work, work with one's hands; carry out, prepare" (12c.), from Medieval Latin manuoperare. Originally in a military sense. Figurative use from 1801. Related: Maneuvered; maneuvering.
"planned movement of troops or warship," 1758, from French manoeuvre "manipulation, maneuver," from Old French manovre "manual labor" 13c.), from Medieval Latin manuopera (source of Spanish maniobra, Italian manovra), from manuoperare "work with the hands," from Latin manu operari, from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + operari "to work, operate" (see operation). The same word had been borrowed from French into Middle English in a sense "hand-labor" (late 15c.). General meaning "artful plan, adroit movement" is from 1774. Related: Maneuvers.
- A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.
- To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.