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.
Recent Examples on the Web From start to finish, Pelosi has kept a tighter rein on the proceedings than the public realized, from major strategic decisions to minor stagecraft. Time, "'We've Upped the Ante.' Why Nancy Pelosi Is Going All in Against Trump," 9 Jan. 2020 These historic accomplishments shades our strategic priorities. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "President Trump's address to the nation on Iran: Here's what he said," 8 Jan. 2020 And yet, there has been plenty of speculation about the strategic significance of Soleimani’s killing. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What the Media Is Getting Wrong About Soleimani’s Killing," 7 Jan. 2020 The roughly one thousand men and women who participated were veterans of West African battlefields and British imperial campaigns, bringing strategic knowledge from the Old World to the New. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 6 Jan. 2020 That kind of strategic thinking started a cycle — international audiences grew to love the game, players from outside the United States played it more and then those stars would fuel more fandom. 3. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "The 10 things that will define David Stern’s legacy," 2 Jan. 2020 The base is a 9-square-mile campus in a remote but strategic location between Iran’s eastern border and the Ring Road, which circles all of Afghanistan. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 With another 5% or so the Chinese duo could block some strategic decisions, says Marc Tüngler of DSW, an organisation which represents the interests of German private investors. The Economist, "Two is traffic Chinese carmakers may soon own a fifth of Daimler," 18 Dec. 2019 Many tech giants have had to reconsider strategic business decisions—like using AI and facial recognition for military purposes and immigration enforcement—due to pressure from employees. Kush Saxena, Quartz, "Engineers need a required course in ethics," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of strategic was in 1799

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13 Jan 2020

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“Strategic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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