[ muh-noo-ver ]
/ məˈnu vər /

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


[ 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

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

/ (məˈnuːvə) /



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


/ (məˈnuːvə) /

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


[ 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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