manoeuvre

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Noun[change]

Singular
manoeuvre

Plural
manoeuvres

  1. A manoeuvre is a planned action with a series of stages. It gets to a goal not directly, but by steps. If in a contest, it may involve deception, with the purpose hidden as long as possible. A manoeuvre may be simple or extremely complex.
    This was the manoeuvre: to bring his opponent into the net, and follow with a lob or a passing shot.
  2. A skilfull or subtle plan.
    His plan was a clever manoeuvre.

Verb[change]

Plain form
manoeuvre

Third-person singular
manoeuvres

Past tense
manoeuvred

Past participle
manoeuvred

Present participle
manoeuvring

  1. (US) (transitive) If something is manoeuvered, it is moved somewhere else, generally with difficulty.
    She manouvered her car into the parking space.
  2. (transitive) If someone manoeuvers a person, they manipulate, plot, guide, steer or manage them purposefully.
    She manoeuvered him into a position where he had to do what she wanted.
  3. (intransitive) To do the action cleverly.
    She is manoeuvring.