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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First Known Use of strategic

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Strategic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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