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maneuver

ma·neu·ver

maneuver

 
 
pronunciation:
m nu vr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a planned military movement, as of troops, ships, or tanks.
The maneuver was carried out according to plan.
synonyms:
movement
similar words:
campaign, move, operation, stratagem, strategy, tactic, tactics
definition 2: (pl.) a series of such movements used as a military training exercise.
The army is conducting maneuvers in the area.
synonyms:
exercises
similar words:
drills, movements, simulations, stratagems, war games
definition 3: a movement or change in direction requiring skill and dexterity.
An adroit maneuver brought the boat safely past the reef.
synonyms:
footwork
similar words:
dodge, fake, feint, finesse, move, stroke, trick
definition 4: a skillful or crafty procedure or manipulation.
The lawyer used a clever maneuver to force a mistrial.
synonyms:
finesse, gambit, ploy, stratagem, strategy, tactic
similar words:
coup, device, dodge, move, ruse, scheme, tactics, trick
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: maneuvered, maneuvering, maneuvers
definition 1: to skillfully move (something) to a desired position or goal, or to manage using strategy and cleverness; manipulate.
The captain maneuvered the ship into the narrow harbor.He maneuvered himself so that he was close to the leader and could gain his trust.
synonyms:
contrive, engineer, finesse, jockey, manipulate
similar words:
finagle, handle, intrigue, manage, navigate, scheme, struggle
definition 2: to make a tactical change in the placement of (troops or military vehicles).
synonyms:
deploy
similar words:
dispatch, guide, move, send
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to change position, location, or approach for tactical advantage or as part of a plan.
synonyms:
deploy
similar words:
move
definition 2: to carry out a military maneuver or series of maneuvers.
similar words:
deploy
derivations: maneuverable (adj.), maneuverability (n.), maneuverer (n.)
Word History
Maneuver is from two Latin words that mean "hand" and "to do work."
Word Parts
The word maneuver contains the following part: