[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /


verb (used with object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.

verb (used without object), ma·neu·vered, ma·neu·ver·ing.

to perform a maneuver or maneuvers.
to scheme; intrigue.
Also especially British, ma·noeu·vre .

Origin of maneuver

First recorded in 1470–80 for an earlier sense; 1750–60 for current noun sense; from French manoeuvre, Middle French manuevre “handwork,” derivative of Old French manuvrer, from Latin manū operāre “to do handwork,” equivalent to manū (ablative of manus “hand”) + operāre “to work” (see operate); replacing earlier maanorre “manual labor,” Middle French, as above


ma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjectivema·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·er, nounun·ma·neu·vered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for maneuver

  • They created drag and affected the maneuverability of the plane.

  • Arcot wanted to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ship's armament first, and then the maneuverability.

    Islands of Space|John W Campbell
  • Once we were inside, we'd have no maneuverability to speak of.

    Legacy|James H Schmitz

British Dictionary definitions for maneuver

/ (məˈnuːvə) /

noun, verb

the usual US spelling of manoeuvre

Derived forms of maneuver

maneuverable, adjectivemaneuverability, nounmaneuverer, nounmaneuvering, noun
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Medical definitions for maneuver

[ mə-nōōvər ]


A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal.
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