manoeuvre Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “manoeuvre” in the English Dictionary

"manoeuvre" in British English

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UK (US maneuver) uk   /məˈnuː.vər/  us   /-vɚ/

manoeuvre noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] a ​movement or set of ​movementsneedingskill and ​care: Reversing round a ​corner is one of the manoeuvres you are ​required to perform in a ​drivingtest.

manoeuvre noun (MILITARY OPERATION)

[C usually plural] a ​planned and ​controlledmovement or ​operation by the ​armedforces for ​trainingpurposes and in ​war: military/​naval manoeuvres We ​saw the ​army on manoeuvres in the ​mountains.

manoeuvre noun (CLEVER ACTION)

[C] a ​cleverlyplannedaction that is ​intended to get an ​advantage: A ​series of ​impressive manoeuvres by the ​chairman had ​secured a ​lucrativecontract for the ​company.


UK (US maneuver) uk   /məˈnuː.vər/  us   /-vɚ/

manoeuvre verb (MOVE)

[I or T] to ​turn and ​direct an ​object: Loaded ​supermarkettrolleys are often ​difficult to manoeuvre. This ​car manoeuvres well at high ​speed.

manoeuvre verb (MAKE SB DO STH)

[T] to ​try to make someone ​act in a ​particular way: The other ​directors are ​trying to manoeuvre her intoresigning.
(Definition of manoeuvre from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"manoeuvre" in Business English

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manoeuvrenoun [C]

uk   us   /məˈnuːvər/ ( US maneuver)
a ​plannedaction that is intended to get an ​advantage: This manoeuvre has the ​effect of ​rewarding those ​shareholders who ​sell at the ​expense of those who remain.
room for/to manoeuvre (also freedom of manoeuvre) the ​opportunity to ​change your ​plans or choose between different ways of doing something: The ​law in this ​area is very strict and doesn't ​allow us much ​room for manoeuvre.

manoeuvreverb [I or T]

uk   us   /məˈnuːvər/ ( US maneuver)
to ​try to ​control or ​influence a ​person or ​situation in a particular way: He has manoeuvred astutely to ​avoidindustrialaction among ​staff.
to ​turn an ​object and make it go where you want: easy/difficult to manoeuvre The ​machine is compact and ​easy to manoeuvre and ​store.
(Definition of manoeuvre from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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