manoeuvre meaning

[ mə'nu:və ] Pronunciation:   "manoeuvre" in a sentence
Noun: manoeuvre  mu'noovu(r)
Usage: Brit, Cdn (=maneuver)
  1. A military training exercise
    - maneuver [US], simulated military operation 
  2. A plan for attaining a particular goal
    - tactic, tactics, maneuver [US] 
  3. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
    "he made a great manoeuvre"
    - maneuver [US], play 
  4. A move made to gain a tactical end
    - maneuver [US], tactical maneuver [US], tactical manoeuvre [Brit, Cdn] 
  5. An action aimed at evading an opponent
    - maneuver [US], evasive action
Verb: manoeuvre  mu'noovu(r)
Usage: Brit, Cdn (=maneuver)
  1. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    - steer, maneuver [US], manoeuver [non-standard], direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise [Brit] 
  2. Act in order to achieve a certain goal
    "He manoeuvred to get the chairmanship"; "She manoeuvred herself into the directorship"
    - maneuver [US], manoeuver [non-standard] 
  3. Perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defence
    - manoeuver [non-standard], maneuver [US], operate

Derived forms: manoeuvred, manoeuvring, manoeuvres

Type of: act, command, control, evasion, go, military operation, motion, move, movement, op, operation, plan of action

Part of: athletic game, military training

Encyclopedia: Manoeuvre

AmE spelling maneuver) // noun, verb

noun [C]

a clever plan, action or movement that is used to give sb an advantage:

He managed to block the takeover with various legal manoeuvres.

It was a brilliant manoeuvre that boosted the firm's financial results.

He was accused of improper accounting manoeuvres.


freedom of/room for manoeuvre; room to manoeuvre

the chance to change the way that sth happens and influence decisions that are made:

The company is heavily indebted and has little room for manoeuvre.

verb [+ obj or no obj]

to control or influence a situation in a skilful but sometimes dishonest way:

She manoeuvred her way to the top of the company.

The deal follows months of manoeuvring by the company to gain control of the market.

The new laws leave us with little room to manoeuvre (= not much opportunity to change or influence a situation).

chiefly Brit var of MANEUVER
or chiefly Brit ma·noeu·vre n
1 : a movement, procedure, or method performed to achieve a desired result and esp. to restore a normal physiological state or to promote normal function ‹the simplest maneuver to actuate the normal eustachian tube is to swallow —H. G. Armstrong› —see HEIMLICH MANEUVER, VALSALVA MANEUVER
2 : a manipulation to accomplish a change of position; specif : rotational or other movement applied to a fetus within the uterus to alter its position and facilitate delivery —see SCANZONI MANEUVER


More:   Next
  1. the fleet is manoeuvring in the baltic.
  2. this manoeuvre of his is a diabolical conspiracy ...
  3. well, we'll see if golz can manoeuvre them a little.
  4. selden had watched her manoeuvres with lazy amusement.
  5. this manoeuvre rendered the position of the girls exceedingly critical.

Related Words

  1. manoao meaning
  2. manocryometer meaning
  3. manoeuver meaning
  4. manoeuvrability meaning
  5. manoeuvrable meaning
  6. manoeuvrer meaning
  7. manoeuvring meaning
  8. manometer meaning
  9. manometric meaning
  10. manometrical meaning
PC Version