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Definition of 'manoeuvre'


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


  1. act in order to achieve a certain goal; "He maneuvered to get the chairmanship"; "She maneuvered herself into the directorship"
       Synonyms: maneuver manoeuver
  2. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
       Synonyms: steer maneuver manoeuver direct point head guide channelize channelise
  3. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
       Synonyms: manoeuver maneuver operate

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