strategy

noun strat·e·gy \ -jē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of strategy

plural strategies
1 a (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
2 a :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

Examples of strategy in a Sentence

  1. They are proposing a new strategy for treating the disease with a combination of medications.

  2. The government is developing innovative strategies to help people without insurance get medical care.

  3. a specialist in campaign strategy

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Origin and Etymology of strategy

Greek stratēgia generalship, from stratēgos



STRATEGY Defined for English Language Learners

strategy

noun

Definition of strategy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

strategy

noun strat·e·gy \ ˈstra-tə-jē \

Definition of strategy for Students

plural strategies
: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.

Medical Dictionary

strategy

noun strat·e·gy \ ˈstrat-ə-jē \

medical Definition of strategy

plural strategies
: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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