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 One strategy, Morgan said, would be to maintain the alliteration while disassociating from the inappropriate name. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Indians name change will be costly but necessary, marketing experts say," 17 Sep. 2020 One strategy that's been helpful to bring hospitalizations down in Houston is that doctors are implementing earlier interventions with COVID-19 patients. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'Don't let your guard down': Top Houston doc warns public to stay vigilant as fall nears," 15 Sep. 2020 Until the day that DeBeauvoir determined a better strategy might be to work with the computer scientists, rather than against them. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Voting Machines Suck. This Pair Has a Plan to Fix Them," 14 Sep. 2020 Mayer didn't think that strategy would be effective. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Trump sees his chance to win over black men's votes," 12 Sep. 2020 However, the window for working out exactly what that strategy is gets smaller by the day. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "China has spent 2020 losing friends. But Brussels can't afford to make an enemy of world's next hyperpower," 12 Sep. 2020 The right strategy is to accept transitions as an integral part of life, and lean into them. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Beautiful Discomfort of Being Betwixt and Between," 10 Sep. 2020 The strategy during the three-day deposition was classic Microsoft. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Revisiting the spectacular failure that was the Bill Gates deposition," 10 Sep. 2020 The basic strategy is a sound one, said Thomas Salerno, a bankruptcy attorney and partner at the Stinson law firm’s Phoenix office. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "PPP loans kept many small businesses afloat this summer. Without more funds, experts say a wave of bankruptcies is coming.," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strategy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strategy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for strategy

strategy

noun
How to pronounce strategy (audio)

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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