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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That strategic business decision, along with her 13-year association with the firm, resulted in Swartz being named a partner in the firm in June 2017, to the delight of the entire design industry. Steven Stolman, ELLE Decor, "How Elizabeth Swartz Rose From Intern to Partner at Bunny Williams," 14 Aug. 2018 Steps Over the next month and a half, the city will continue refining and testing its proposal, with some help from those who participated in the weekend’s hackathon, says Ryan Pierce, project manager of strategic initiatives. Rebecca Lurye,, "A Pitch By Hartford Youth Among Winners At City's First Civic Hackathon," 25 June 2018 The dinner, marking its sixth year, has raised more than $1 million for De La Salle's strategic initiatives. Sue Strachan,, "De La Salle High School Board of Regents dinner looks to the future," 28 May 2018 Using pressure from sunlight along with strategic fuel use, engineers were able to prolong the lifetime of Kepler. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "The Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope May Be Gone for Good," 25 Oct. 2018 Caroline Chambers, author of Just Married: A Cookbook for Newlyweds (Chronicle Books), says that couples need to be strategic. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 7 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Wedding Registry," 16 Oct. 2018 Some of this is practical, and some of this is strategic. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The internet, of course, then started to notice how strategic Meghan's outfits really are. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Debuted Jason Wu Dress from His SS19 Collection Before NYFW Show," 7 Sep. 2018 Harnessing the power of celebrity and social media Dyson understands the aspirational nature of the beauty industry and has been strategic about getting its tools into the right hands (and heads). Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Dyson’s new $500 golden hair dryer, explained," 29 Aug. 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 \

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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