strat·​e·​gize | \ ˈstra-tə-ˌjīz \
strategized; strategizing

Definition of strategize

intransitive verb

: to devise a strategy or course of action

Examples of strategize in a Sentence

The organization strategizes for Republican candidates.

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Brexit Divides London’s Financial Factions Her cabinet also met Monday to strategize on how to sell the deal to the people and British members of Parliament. Max Colchester, WSJ, "May Looks to Public to Back Brexit Deal," 26 Nov. 2018 Find inspiration from past lessons and experiences and use this time to strategize about how to best achieve your goals moving forward. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 Democrats need to fill a number of spots that will determine who will shape the party’s agenda and strategize on how best to hang on to their majority in 2020. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "All the Democrats running for top spots in the House," 15 Nov. 2018 In fact, trying to strategize is starting to stifle your self-sufficient growth. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 9-15," 9 July 2015 To the public, one of the mysteries of the NFL is the game plan, the weekly and oft-times encyclopedic secret document each team uses to strategize against that week’s foe. Peter King,, "A Quarterback and His Game Plan, Part I: Five Days to Learn 171 Plays," 18 Nov. 2015 Current and past players praise Reirden for his ability to not only strategize but communicate. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Capitals promote Todd Reirden to head coach to replace Barry Trotz," 29 June 2018 But the entire watershed is densely developed; Wormser says the association will act as a convener to bring together cities and towns to strategize for future floods, identifying vulnerabilities and applying for grants and loans to shore things up. Jon Chesto,, "Gearing up for climate change along the Mystic River," 29 June 2018 But Wendell had few opportunities to truly strategize before the merge, due to Naviti’s dominance. Stephen Fishbach,, "Wendell Holland Wins Survivor After First-Ever Tie Vote," 23 May 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strategize

US : to make a plan for achieving a goal and especially a military or political goal : to form a strategy

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