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 At the moment, Meletlidis is trying to outmaneuver Cumbre Vieja. Robin George Andrews, The Atlantic, 18 Oct. 2021 With the deliveries, Hezbollah demonstrated its ability to outmaneuver both the Lebanese state and the United States and its sanctions regime against Iran and Hezbollah, said Halabi, the energy analyst. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 SMEs are a great way to improve your success and manage expectations while making company contributions that may just outmaneuver your competitors. Susan Lang, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 As the hunt intensifies, Ostap and Ibrahim must do everything in their power to outmaneuver their rivals, even as Ostap has to fight to win back his fair maiden and stop her from marrying another man. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 The defender will have to take on the bigger player or try outmaneuver him in order to make the tackle. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 The name is the French word for small, fast ships of that earlier time, which could outmaneuver bigger ships. Carol Besler, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Cybersecurity experts say the possible rebranding of the hacking group illustrates the ways ransomware gangs may try to outmaneuver a crackdown by law enforcement. David Uberti, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Where their rallies against Dallas and Utah were keyed by Lue’s use of a deep, unflappable rotation to outmaneuver opponents by switching lineups and often playing small, the injury to Morris could remove one option at Lue’s disposal. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of outmaneuver

1796, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2021

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“Outmaneuver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmaneuver. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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