strategy

noun

strat·​e·​gy ˈstra-tə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio)
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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The only strategy that ever made sense was the one that long ago filled the respiratory-pandemic handbooks: Flatten the curve. WSJ, 29 Nov. 2022 Russia’s strategy in Bakhmut is reminiscent of its seizure of the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in June. Natalia Yermak, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Nov. 2022 Russia’s strategy in Bakhmut is reminiscent of its seizure of the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in June. Natalia Yermak Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2022 Health authorities say this strategy of cutting off covid transmission as soon as possible and quarantining all positive cases is the only way to prevent a surge in severe cases and deaths, which would overwhelm the health-care system. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 And the strategy isn’t just packing lighter but also smarter. Rachel King, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 Neither Clarkson nor Conley are immediate threats downhill, so the default strategy for an opponent is to attack the pull-up three-point strength between the two players. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 The strategy was partly about tying Warnock to Biden because of the president’s lagging approval ratings and generationally high inflation. Bill Barrow, al, 19 Nov. 2022 This strategy game encourages families to take on the role of their favorite Disney villains, like Captain Hook, Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, Queen of Hearts or Prince John. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Greek stratēgia generalship, from stratēgos

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of strategy was in 1779

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Cite this Entry

“Strategy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strategy. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy ˈstrat-ə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio)
plural strategies
1
: the science and art of employing the forces of a country in peace or war
especially : the science and art of military command exercised to meet the enemy in combat under favorable conditions
2
a
: a careful plan or method
b
: the art of making or employing plans or tricks to achieve a goal

Medical Definition

strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy ˈstrat-ə-jē How to pronounce strategy (audio)
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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