out·​ma·​neu·​ver | \ ˌau̇t-mə-ˈn(y)ü-vər How to pronounce outmaneuver (audio) \
outmaneuvered; outmaneuvering

Definition of outmaneuver

transitive verb

: to outdo, defeat, or gain an advantage over by skillful or clever maneuvering : to maneuver more effectively than Battalions are especially important in desert warfare because they are powerful enough to deliver devastating blows … but small enough to sneak along ridges and valleys to outmaneuver larger forces.— Bob Davis … an amorally ambitious studio exec who disposes of a threatening screenwriter as coolly as he outmaneuvers a rival executive.— Gregg Kilday Sabre pilots learned that if they could force their adversaries to change direction rapidly, the Sabre could outmaneuver them.— Fred Reed

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Examples of outmaneuver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its 16,000 members operate largely from terra firma with the job of protecting America’s orbiting assets while coming up with new ways to outmaneuver and defeat adversaries who threaten them. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Space Force and NASA sort out who’s defending the planet from threats from the heavens and on Earth," 15 Oct. 2020 His speed on outside runs was key for an offense that needed to outmaneuver big Texans linebackers. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Never been better: Vikings' Dalvin Cook is leading the NFL in rushing after four weeks," 10 Oct. 2020 Requests for mail ballots have skyrocketed, and DeBeauvoir has been busy concocting ways to outmaneuver the obstacles to those votes. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "A Texas County Clerk’s Bold Crusade to Transform How We Vote," 15 Sep. 2020 Can one outmaneuver the other without actually falling in love? Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "All the new books you’ll want to read in September," 10 Sep. 2020 Avoid being on the defensive and don't attempt to outmaneuver anyone now. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 7, 2020: Sagittarius, stay on top of business obligations; Pisces, speak softly to restore peace," 7 Aug. 2020 Can Tucker do enough to outmaneuver someone who stands 7-1 with a 7-9 wingspan, such as Utah big man Rudy Gobert? Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Former Texas bigs could play pivotal role in NBA restart," 11 July 2020 He's got a quick first step and is able to blow by defenders with the dribble and outmaneuver for rebounds. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NBA mock draft: Will Nico Mannion, Josh Green or Zeke Nnaji be 1st Arizona Wildcat picked?," 18 June 2020 How Microsoft reportedly enlisted Oracle to outmaneuver Amazon for a Pentagon contract. New York Times, "The Fed will start with bond E.T.F.s.," 12 May 2020

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First Known Use of outmaneuver

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outmaneuver was in 1796

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22 Oct 2020

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“Outmaneuver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmaneuver. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of outmaneuver

: to use cleverness or skill to gain an advantage over (someone)

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