1. a military training exercise
  2. a plan for attaining a particular goal
  3. a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; “he made a great maneuver”; “the runner was out on a play by the shortstop”
  4. a move made to gain a tactical end
  5. an action aimed at evading an opponent


  1. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  2. act in order to achieve a certain goal; “He maneuvered to get the chairmanship”; “She maneuvered herself into the directorship”
  3. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense

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maneuvers Noun

  1. a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care spectacular jumps and other daring maneuvers

a carefully planned scheme or action, especially one involving deception shady financial maneuvers

the fact or process of taking carefully planned or deceptive action the economic policy provided no room for maneuver

  1. Military "maneuvers" a large-scale military exercise of troops, warships, and other forces the vessel was on maneuvers


  1. move skillfully or carefully the truck was unable to maneuver comfortably in the narrow street | I'm maneuvering a loaded tray around the floor

  2. [with object and adverbial] carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end they were maneuvering him into a betrayal of his countryman

[no object] carefully manipulate a situation to achieve an end two decades of political maneuvering