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.


  1. maneuver

    A maneuver is a planned or skillful movement or action that is aimed at achieving a specific goal or overcoming a particular obstacle. It can refer to actions in various fields such as military strategy, vehicle handling, sports, politics or business. It can also refer to a manipulative or tactical action or strategy.

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

    Maneuver vs. Manoeuvre -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Maneuver and Manoeuvre.

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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. Martin Potter:

    I don't even know what you'd call that maneuver, that's just freakish ability.

  2. Michael Tarshi:

    He definitely learned a lot about how to maneuver, to incite conflict between each contestant and each political candidate.

  3. Greg Cribbs:

    The captain had his hands full for a while there. Kudos to him for keeping us safe. Not easy to maneuver a boat in 150-mph winds!

  4. Andre Bakhos:

    The market is taking very well to what appears to be the fact that (President Donald) Trump is able to maneuver the trade talks in our favor, we're seeing a continuation of that positive momentum.

  5. Greg Cribbs:

    Every hour we got an update until 10 p.m. When it got really bad for a few hours in the middle, the captain was too busy to give updates so we heard them from the cruise director, the captain had his hands full for a while there. Kudos to him for keeping us safe. Not easy to maneuver a boat in 150-mph winds!

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