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 strategical (audio) \ adjective
strategically \ strə-​ˈtē-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce strategically (audio) \ 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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These weapons were announced in May 2018 as part of a package to modernize Russian tactical and strategic nuclear forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putin’s New Missiles Are Having Decidedly Mixed Success," 25 Mar. 2019 The company was founded in Sweden by William Lundgren and Veronika Kant (who have backgrounds in business and strategic communications, respectively). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A First Look at Sustainable Brand BITE’s Fall 2019 Collection," 27 Feb. 2019 Russia’s Ministry of Defense has uploaded a new video of the country’s Poseidon strategic attack drone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Releases Test Video of Poseidon Nuclear Attack Drone," 22 Feb. 2019 Medical innovation and strategic investment The quest to provide these societal necessities lies at the heart of Haifa's efforts to modernize, and is prompting the university to take a leading role facilitating change. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 State records show that one day before Walker’s speech in Trego, in northwestern Wisconsin, the governor’s office received detailed plans from the Dairy Business Association on legal requirements and strategic options to move the program. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms," 6 July 2018 Both Disney and Comcast would have strategic uses for the RSNs, either as a helpful expansion for the Disney’s ESPN brand or allowing Comcast to double down on its bet on NBC Sports RSNs, which include NBC Sports Chicago. Phil Rosenthal,, "With Disney and Comcast willing to discard Fox's RSNs, Cubs must wonder value of channel," 26 June 2018 When a third broke, engineers had to make clever and strategic use of fuel while taking advantage of the physical pressure of sunlight to keep the telescope operational, this time in a secondary mission called K2 that searched for larger worlds. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Kepler's Last Light, and Its Towering Legacy," 8 Feb. 2019 CFOs are often overlooked for the top job because, while richly rewarded for their financial excellence, many fail to develop the strategic and leadership skills required of a chief executive, Mr. Goudy said. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Intel’s New CEO Advances From CFO Spot a Second Time," 31 Jan. 2019

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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 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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an enemy or opponent

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