What does Maneuver mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maneuver, manoeuvre, simulated military operationnoun

    a military training exercise

  2. tactic, tactics, maneuver, manoeuvrenoun

    a plan for attaining a particular goal

  3. maneuver, manoeuvre, playnoun

    a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

    "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

  4. maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvrenoun

    a move made to gain a tactical end

  5. maneuver, manoeuvre, evasive actionverb

    an action aimed at evading an opponent

  6. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channeliseverb

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  7. maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvreverb

    act in order to achieve a certain goal

    "He maneuvered to get the chairmanship"; "She maneuvered herself into the directorship"

  8. manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operateverb

    perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense


  1. maneuvernoun

    A movement, often one performed with difficulty.

    Parallel parking can be a difficult maneuver.

  2. maneuvernoun

    A large training field exercise of military troops.

  3. maneuververb

    To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.

  4. maneuververb

    To guide, steer, manage purposefully

  5. maneuververb

    To intrigue, manipulate, plot, scheme

  6. Etymology: From manoeuvre and manœuvrer, from manovre, from manopera, manuopera, from manu + operari. First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the *. Compare Old English handweorc, handgeweorc, German Handwerk.


  1. Maneuver

    Maneuver (American English), manoeuvre (British English), manoeuver, manœuver (also spelled, directly from the French, as manœuvre) denotes one's tactical move, or series of moves, that improves or maintains one's strategic situation in a competitive environment or avoids a worse situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maneuvernoun

    alt. of Manoeuvre

  2. Maneuvernoun

    alt. of Manoeuvre

  3. Maneuververb

    alt. of Manoeuvre

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. maneuver

    1. A movement to place ships, aircraft, or land forces in a position of advantage over the enemy. 2. A tactical exercise carried out at sea, in the air, on the ground, or on a map in imitation of war. 3. The operation of a ship, aircraft, or vehicle, to cause it to perform desired movements. 4. Employment of forces in the operational area through movement in combination with fires to achieve a position of advantage in respect to the enemy in order to accomplish the mission. See also mission; operation.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. maneuver

    Management; dexterous movement; specifically, an evolution, movement, or change of position among military or naval bodies. To perform a movement in military or naval tactics; to make an evolution. Also, to change the positions of, as troops or ships.

Editors Contribution

  1. maneuver

    To change the movement or direction.

    The pilot did maneuver the aircraft easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. Maneuver

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maneuver in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Maneuver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Maneuver in a Sentence

  1. Claire Reade:

    It's a question of political will and there are ways to maneuver around the current red flags that have been put in the ground, both President Xi and President Trump have to come out of this saying they stood strong, and they in-effect got a win.

  2. Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha:

    We started pushing ammo back and started reinforcing positions which allowed us a little more freedom of maneuver.

  3. Michael Moreau:

    Leaving Bennu's vicinity in May puts us in the' sweet spot,' when the departure maneuver will consume the least amount of the spacecraft's onboard fuel.

  4. Blake Herzinger:

    Flying aircraft close to each other at 500 miles per hour with unfriendly intentions is generally unsafe, at that range, an unexpected maneuver or an equipment issue can cause a terrible accident in under a second.

  5. Isa Saharkhiz:

    There is no doubt that nuclear negotiations started when Khamenei gave the green light and he was regularly briefed on all the details, but Khamenei has supporters inside Iran and outside who are asking what will happen to the Islamic Republic’s anti-American policies. This hampers Khamenei’s ability to maneuver.

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an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  • A. carry
  • B. moan
  • C. deny
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