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Definition of maneuver noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a movement performed with care and skill a complicated/skillful maneuver You will be asked to perform some standard maneuvers during your driving test.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a skillful plan, action, or movement that is used to give someone an advantage synonym move diplomatic maneuvers a complex maneuver in a game of chess The amendment was somehow introduced by political maneuver.
  3. 3maneuvers [plural] military exercises involving a large number of soldiers, ships, etc. The army is on maneuvers in the desert.