manoeuvre

[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /

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

Chiefly British. maneuver.

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Definition for manoeuvre (2 of 2)

maneuver
[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /

noun

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM maneuver

ma·neu·ver·a·ble, adjectivema·neu·ver·a·bil·i·ty, nounma·neu·ver·er, nounun·ma·neu·vered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for manoeuvre (1 of 2)

manoeuvre

US maneuver

/ (məˈnuːvə) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of manoeuvre

manoeuvrable 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

British Dictionary definitions for manoeuvre (2 of 2)

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 manoeuvre

maneuver
[ mə-nōōvər ]

n.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

v.

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