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

Other Words from strategic

strategical \ strə-​ˈtē-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce strategic (audio) \ adjective
strategically \ strə-​ˈtē-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce strategic (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 As the strategic partner to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, age 38, Li will play a critical role in shaping and executing future metaverse investments. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2022 The strategic city of Mykolaiv continues to bear the brunt of Russian bombardments, with its military administration saying Tuesday that more than 9,000 civilian facilities had been destroyed or damaged in the region since the start of the war. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 In the south, Ukrainian forces have driven the Russians back and are expected to make a major push to retake the strategic city of Kherson. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Russia claimed victory over Mariupol in May after a near three-month siege that destroyed much of the strategic port city. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 Yemen experts attribute the truce, first announced in April and extended for another two months in June, to Saudi Arabia’s changing calculations as well as those of the Houthis, who struggled before the truce to capture the strategic city of Marib. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Meanwhile, Russian missiles hit industrial facilities earlier Sunday at Mykolaiv, a strategic city in southern Ukraine. Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2022 Meanwhile, Russian missiles hit industrial facilities earlier Sunday at Mykolaiv, a strategic city in southern Ukraine. Hanna Arhirova,, 17 July 2022 Kazakhstan is arguably China’s most strategic partner in Central Asia. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 15 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2 : useful or important in military strategy strategic weapons


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