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Definition of maneuver verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they maneuver he / she / it maneuvers past simple maneuvered -ing form maneuvering
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move or turn skillfully or carefully; to move or turn something skillfully or carefully maneuver (for something) The yachts maneuvered for position. There was very little room to maneuver. maneuver something (+ adv./prep.) She maneuvered the car carefully into the garage.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to control or influence a situation in a skillful but sometimes dishonest way The new laws leave us little room to maneuver (= not much opportunity to change or influence a situation). maneuver something + adv./prep. She maneuvered her way to the top of the company.