noun, verb (used with or without object), ma·noeu·vred, ma·noeu·vring.

Chiefly British. maneuver.

Nearby words

  1. mano,
  2. mano a mano,
  3. mano nera, la,
  4. manoah,
  5. manoao,
  6. manolete,
  7. manometer,
  8. manometric,
  9. manon,
  10. manon lescaut




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.

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

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.

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

1470–80 for an earlier sense; 1750–60 for current noun sense; < French manoeuvre, Middle French manuevre handwork, derivative of Old French manuvrer < 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

Related formsma·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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manoeuvre


US maneuver


a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or actionpolitical manoeuvres
a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill
  1. a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
  2. (plural)tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
a planned movement of an aircraft in flight
any change from the straight steady course of a ship


(tr) to contrive or accomplish with skill or cunning
(intr) to manipulate situations, etc, in order to gain some endto manoeuvre for the leadership
(intr) to perform a manoeuvre or manoeuvres
to move or deploy or be moved or deployed, as military units, etc
Derived Formsmanoeuvrable or US maneuverable, adjectivemanoeuvrability or US maneuverability, nounmanoeuvrer or US maneuverer, nounmanoeuvring or US maneuvering, noun

Word Origin for manoeuvre

C15: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand


noun, verb

the usual US spelling of manoeuvre
Derived Formsmaneuverable, adjectivemaneuverability, nounmaneuverer, nounmaneuvering, noun

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Word Origin and History for manoeuvre
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Medicine definitions for manoeuvre




A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.


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

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