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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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 Lori and Kevin have shown the ability to strategize and execute No. 1 campaigns to their fullest. Katie Krzaczek, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: New Hires & Promotions at RCA, Crowd Surf, Genius & More," 9 Mar. 2018 Teams definitely strategize against it, because that’s a big part of our offense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan State plans to get rolling in transition vs. Indiana," 18 Jan. 2018 Later, the bars became a place to organize and strategize. Karla Peterson,, "New KPBS documentary is a toast to San Diego's gay bar history," 12 June 2018 Searchers finally returned to the 14,200-foot camp to strategize for the following morning. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Weeks after her wedding day, a Polish climber survives a 1,000-foot slide from a Denali ridge," 6 June 2018

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strategize

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

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