stra·te·gic | \strə-ˈtē-jik \

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 \ adjective
strategically \strə-ˈtē-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of strategic in a Sentence

The bridges have great strategic value. The hill is located at a strategic position.

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What are the strategic objective at the White House? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on Recode Media," 2 July 2018 Another sore point in the bilateral relationship has been China’s ambitious global infrastructure plans, which include projects in New Delhi’s Indian Ocean backyard that domestic analysts worry have a strategic dimension. Karthikeyan Sundaram,, "Trump's Trade War Pushes China Closer to Old Foe India," 28 June 2018 Jason Grossmiller, co-owner and head distiller for Arizona Distilling Co., said hiring Olson was a strategic move. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Micah Olson gets behind the bar of Arizona Distilling Co.'s new cocktail lounge," 27 June 2018 Kim meets Xi again in China and calls for stronger strategic cooperation between the traditional allies. Fox News, "Timeline: How the Trump-Kim summit came together," 9 June 2018 During the meeting, Adam Elias, vice president of strategic planning with WhirlyBall, and Andrew Koglin of OKW Architects discussed plans for the entertainment center. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's first WhirlyBall entertainment center, restaurant could be coming soon to Brookfield Square," 11 July 2018 As a new equity investor, she will be involved in the strategic planning around the restaurant's national expansion, which will take place over the next few years. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's What You Need To Know About Oprah Winfrey's Restaurant Investment," 11 July 2018 UConn’s graduate arts administration program focuses on careers on business side of the arts, including fundraising and development, marketing, strategic planning, budgeting and finance and community engagement. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "UConn Backs Space Sharing Deal With Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum," 27 June 2018 In Wednesday’s ruling, the appeals court rejected Stallings’ argument, finding that his trial lawyer made a strategic decision to attempt to prove that another man fired at Stallings first. Travis Andersen,, "Appeals Court reinstates conviction of gang member in asthma manslaughter case," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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