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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The protestors aren’t yet a unified movement with a long-term strategy, nor are there enough of them: The largest demonstration so far attracted an estimated 15,000 people in a nation of around 10 million. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy. Now Hungarians are rising up.," 17 Dec. 2018 Ideally, each athlete races with a personalized refueling strategy developed by a sports nutritionist that addresses their specific needs. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "14 Experienced New York City Marathoners Share Their Best Tips for First-Timers," 30 Oct. 2018 But its emphasis is on fitness, which is consistent with Garmin's overall strategy. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data," 27 Oct. 2018 Arya is a skilled warrior, and clearly has a strategy for the Battle of Winterfell. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything to Know About Arya's Weapon Ahead of the Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell," 29 Apr. 2019 Along with its strong brand, Disney has the advantage of having a clear strategy for each of its streaming services, Verna said, including Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year," 14 Apr. 2019 In a post on its official blog, Google laid out a simplified messaging strategy for the future. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google to simplify messaging strategy, will support only five messaging apps," 6 Dec. 2018 The strategy is risky, but investors may be underestimating its chance of success. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "A Highflying Growth Strategy Is Paying Off for United," 17 Apr. 2019 Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "With Kavanaugh Confirmed, It’s Time to Burn It Down," 6 Oct. 2018

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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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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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