strategy

noun
strat·​e·​gy | \ˈstra-tə-jē \
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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Entries will be judged on business strategy, concept creativity, and likelihood of profitability among other criteria. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: ‘Top Chef’ concession stand opens at Toyota Park," 10 July 2018 As the territorial boundaries between humans and animals begin to overlap in cities, both sides are devising strategies for coexistence. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 In her new role, Weichel will lead digital strategy for Anonymous, working closely with managers and producers to help develop relationships and opportunities for clients with digital and technology platforms. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 July 2018 With gas prices moving back up again after three-plus years of lows, the best strategy for consumers might be to have at least one truly fuel-efficient vehicle in the driveway to help even out the monthly gasoline bill. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 But amid the wave of deals, Silicon Valley observers still know close to nothing about Apple’s big-picture strategy for its stable of stars. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 What’s the best strategy for spending your Taste tickets? Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Taste of Chicago opens today: What you need to know," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, TxDOT and both MPOs are conducting a $1.5 million study, scheduled for fall completion, to develop a broader transportation strategy for Bexar, Travis and 10 surrounding counties. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Instead, Slingerland recommends two strategies for mastering the art of caring less. Jamie Friedlander, The Cut, "Mastering the Art of Caring Less," 3 July 2018

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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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strategy

noun

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 \
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 \
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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