A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity: a gymnastics maneuver. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement. often A large-scale tactical exercise carried out under simulated conditions of war. A skillful or cunning action undertaken to gain an end:"the canny maneuvers of a man after money and ease"(Cynthia Ozick). See Synonyms at wile. The undertaking of such actions:"a skilled diplomat's eye for maneuver"(Garry Wills). To make a controlled series of changes in movement or direction toward an objective: maneuvered to get closer to the stage. To carry out a military or naval maneuver. To act with skill or cunning in gaining an end: The opposition maneuvered to force a vote. To move or direct through a series of movements or changes in course: maneuvered the drill into position; maneuvered the car through traffic. To alter the tactical placement of (troops or warships). To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal: maneuvered him into signing the contract.