stra·​te·​gic | \ strə-ˈtē-jik How to pronounce strategic (audio) \

Definition of strategic

1 : of, relating to, or marked by strategy a strategic retreat
2a : necessary to or important in the initiation, conduct, or completion of a strategic plan
b : required for the conduct of war and not available in adequate quantities domestically strategic materials
c : of great importance within an integrated whole or to a planned effect emphasized strategic points
3 : designed or trained to strike an enemy at the sources of its military, economic, or political power a strategic bomber

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Other Words from strategic

strategical \ strə-​ˈtē-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce strategic (audio) \ adjective
strategically \ strə-​ˈtē-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce strategic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of strategic in a Sentence

The bridges have great strategic value. The hill is located at a strategic position.
Recent Examples on the Web The rate of homelessness in Weber County jumped 48% over four years, starting in 2014, and became proportionately higher than in Salt Lake County, according to a 2019 strategic plan commissioned by the Weber Housing Authority. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New coordinator says Salt Lake City is the ‘epicenter’ of homelessness in Utah. Here’s why Ogden officials are pushing back.," 6 May 2021 The organization hopes to nail down a strategic plan by the end of August. Washington Post, "Montgomery County to spend $500,000 on push for global pandemic center," 4 May 2021 One of my charges is to develop a new strategic plan for the organization, and part of that will include looking at developing a more robust and more deliberate grant-making program on an ongoing basis. Jennifer Day,, "Poetry Foundation names Michelle T. Boone president following controversies," 28 Apr. 2021 After all but shutting down its airport stores in the first phase of the pandemic, Philadelphia International Airport came up with a strategic plan for how and when to reopen its 185 retail, food, and beverage outlets. NBC News, "Travelers are 'all in' at duty-free stores, snapping up luxury goods as air travel returns," 28 Apr. 2021 What is the strategic plan over the next 5-10-15 years to ensure that there continues to be equitable solutions for all? Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "United Airlines New Diversity Officer Unveils Roadmap For Racial Equality," 26 Apr. 2021 The board also unanimously reaffirmed its conviction and confidence in The Hartford’s strategic business plan. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "The Hartford rejects two additional takeover offers from rival Chubb," 22 Apr. 2021 The Alliance recently completed its strategic plan, and the future of the group includes a mentorship program, wellbeing workshops, and training in areas of life skills and business strategies. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "Stylemakers Who Are Making a Difference," 20 Apr. 2021 The state Department of Early Education and Care is working to increase access through a new strategic plan whose implementation was delayed by the pandemic, officials said., "Massachusetts, other states need to increase spending for preschools, report says," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Strategic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strategic

: of or relating to a general plan that is created to achieve a goal in war, politics, etc., usually over a long period of time
: useful or important in achieving a plan or strategy


stra·​te·​gic | \ strə-ˈtē-jik How to pronounce strategic (audio) \

Kids Definition of strategic

1 : relating to or showing the use of a plan or method to achieve a goal … by checking the map at strategic intervals, Harry was able to ensure that he wouldn't run into anyone he wanted to avoid.— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
2 : useful or important in military strategy strategic weapons

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