strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy | \ ˈstra-tə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio) \
plural strategies

Definition of strategy

1a(1) : the science and art of employing the political, economic, psychological, and military forces of a nation or group of nations to afford the maximum support to adopted policies in peace or war
(2) : the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under advantageous conditions
b : a variety of or instance of the use of strategy
2a : a careful plan or method : a clever stratagem
b : the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal
3 : an adaptation or complex of adaptations (as of behavior, metabolism, or structure) that serves or appears to serve an important function in achieving evolutionary success foraging strategies of insects

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Examples of strategy in a Sentence

They are proposing a new strategy for treating the disease with a combination of medications. The government is developing innovative strategies to help people without insurance get medical care. a specialist in campaign strategy
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Recent Examples on the Web Another part of that strategy is to reinvest money saved by not incarcerating youth back into community programming. Star Tribune, "Milwaukee County reduces number of inmates in youth prisons," 27 Feb. 2021 That parallel strategy threatens INPE’s efforts to create and launch its own satellites, Galvão says. Sofia Moutinho, Science | AAAS, "Brazil’s first homemade satellite will put an extra eye on dwindling Amazon forests," 26 Feb. 2021 Second is to have the right people in the organization, especially the leadership team, to go execute on that strategy. Glenn Solomon, Forbes, "Building An Enterprise Software Company: Tips For Founders From Dev Ittycheria, CEO Of MongoDB," 25 Feb. 2021 And part of that strategy should address how governments evaluate the accuracy of rapid tests. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'Ludicrous': Cheap, quick COVID-19 tests have been slow to gain FDA approval, a continuing point of frustration," 19 Feb. 2021 Her role in Elysium is what happens when that strategy goes badly. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Jodie Foster Movie Performance, Ranked," 19 Feb. 2021 At the center of that global strategy is Shenghe Resources. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A Chinese rare earths giant is building international alliances worldwide," 19 Feb. 2021 That offensive strategy is led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his top policy adviser, former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Washington Post, "Facebook’s brazen attempt to crush regulations in Australia may backfire," 18 Feb. 2021 But if the experiences of LHC employees and clients are any indication, that strategy comes at the expense not only of the workers who make the company run but also of the patients the company is supposed to be caring for. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, "Overworked, Underpaid, and Cutting Corners: The Crisis in Home Health Care," 9 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of strategy

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for strategy

Greek stratēgia generalship, from stratēgos

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The first known use of strategy was in 1779

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1 Mar 2021

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“Strategy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strategy. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for strategy

strategy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strategy

: a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time
: the skill of making or carrying out plans to achieve a goal

strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy | \ ˈstra-tə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio) \
plural strategies

Kids Definition of strategy

: a carefully developed plan or method for achieving a goal or the skill in developing and undertaking such a plan or method We learned strategies for improving business.

strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy | \ ˈstrat-ə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio) \
plural strategies

Medical Definition of strategy

: an adaptation or complex of adaptations (as of behavior, metabolism, or structure) that serves or appears to serve an important function in achieving evolutionary success

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