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manœuvre (plural manœuvres)

  1. (Britain) Alternative form of maneuver
    • 1850, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre:
      [] but then it came of itself: it was not elicited by meretricious arts and calculated manœuvres; and one had but to accept it — to answer what he asked []
    • 1886, Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet:
      Gregson and Lestrade had watched the manœuvres of their amateur companion with considerable curiosity and some contempt.
    • 1940, Winston Churchill, We shall fight on the beaches:
      [] we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous manœuvre.
    • 2003, David Miller, Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, page 7:
      [] and the belief that states had increasingly little room for manœuvre if they wanted their people to benefit from it.


manœuvre (third-person singular simple present manœuvres, present participle manœuvring, simple past and past participle manœuvred)

  1. (Britain) Alternative form of maneuver
    • 1954, Gilbert Ryle, “dilemma vii: Perception”, in Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, page 103:
      We can ask how long it was before the team scored its first goal; or how long the centre-forward spent in manœuvring the ball towards the goal; and even how long the ball was in flight between his kicking it and its going between the goal-posts. But we cannot ask how many seconds were occupied in the scoring of the goal.




From Vulgar Latin manū opera, from ablative of Latin manus (hand) + opus (work).


  • IPA(key): /ma.nœvʁ/
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manœuvre f (plural manœuvres)

  1. move, movement
  2. operation, manoeuvre
  3. (military, in the plural) manoeuvres



manœuvre m (plural manœuvres)

  1. labourer



  1. first-person singular present indicative of manœuvrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of manœuvrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of manœuvrer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of manœuvrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of manœuvrer

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manœuvre f (plural manœuvres)

  1. maneuver (movement)