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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Merriam’s duties at OUC included legislative, regulatory and compliance matters and strategic planning. Kevin Spear,, "Top OUC executive resigns over falsely claiming a doctoral degree," 12 June 2019 People’s motivations for giving blood have also changed, says Julie Scott, director of strategic marketing and communications at Vitalant, the second-largest collector of blood in the country, which runs 127 blood donation centers. Time, "Facebook Wants Your Blood," 12 June 2019 The bills, which are sponsored by Californians Against Waste and a host of other environmental groups, mark an important strategic shift for lawmakers wrangling with plastic pollution. Dustin Gardiner,, "California takes on an ocean of plastic waste, considers crackdown on industry," 12 June 2019 The move comes with a new homelessness strategic plan expected to be unveiled this summer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves $1.6B budget that addresses homelessness, other priorities," 11 June 2019 His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, serves as the president’s director of strategic communication, which Schlapp said could complicate his decision to run. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Phone poll pits lobbyist with Trump ties against Kansas congressman for Senate race," 4 June 2019 Over a year and a half, researchers conducted the evaluation through surveys, interviews, and focus groups with staff and patrons, observations of libraries, and data from the library’s strategic initiatives department. Tylisa C. Johnson,, "Report: Patrons give Free Library’s renovated branches high marks," 4 June 2019 From the African point of view, Russia offers a strategic alternative to America’s global hegemony, China’s economic diplomacy, and the lingering influence of Africa’s former colonial masters. János Besenyő, Quartz Africa, "Russia is vying to offer African countries a credible alternative to the US and China," 4 June 2019 And the presidents of the past have always tried to figure out the balance between the realpolitik and our strategic interest. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley’s Saudi money crisis illustrates a decline of ‘moral leadership’ in America," 19 Oct. 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 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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