strategic

adjective
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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The strategic issues surrounding involvement in Afghanistan and Syria are vastly different, and fatigue with intervention in Afghanistan has grown stronger, with many now willing to admit the US has all but lost. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump will reportedly remove 7,000 troops from Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 Whether this was purely a move to honor a Saint—or a strategic effort to Christianize the unsavory pagan Lupercalia—is still a subject of debate. Alexandra Owens, Town & Country, "The Surprisingly Dark Story of Valentine's Day," 18 Dec. 2018 Kate loves plaid and has been steadily ramping up her strategic use of the classic, yet stylish pattern since then. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade," 7 Dec. 2018 Consider getting strategic and using flowers to break up a row to indicate where your sweet peppers end and your hot peppers begin. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Plant Flowers in Your Vegetable Patch," 15 Aug. 2018 For Putin to redouble his attack — by hacking into voting machines or some other method — would be both strategic and in keeping with his personality. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 The strategic partnership will launch a new financing program for live entertainers. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Artist Growth Teams Up with Pinnacle Financial Partners to Streamline Access to Touring Capital," 28 June 2018 Roughead, directed by Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, led a strategic readiness review into the collisions and the issues affecting fleet operations. Jasmine Khayami And Elizabeth Strassner, USA TODAY, "Collisions reveal a Navy tragically undone by its can-do spirit," 25 June 2018 Glenda McNeal is the president of enterprise strategic partnerships for American Express. Glenda Mcneal, Time, "The Boss: Lessons From My Childhood Helped Me Ascend the Ranks at American Express," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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strategic

adjective

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

strategic

adjective
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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