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

The Italian premier’s office says a lobbyist with past links to Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini was invited to a dinner honoring Russian President Vladimir Putin at the request of Salvini’s international strategy adviser. Washington Post, "Italy: Salvini adviser sought lobbyist’s Putin dinner invite," 14 July 2019 PBMs use their buying clout, along with other strategies, to lower the total cost of prescriptions. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "GoodRx lowers prescription costs for some, but questions remain on impact for others," 14 July 2019 Clint Bowyer, who led for part of the race, was attempting to win on pit strategy. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "5 Things we learned from Kurt Busch winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway," 13 July 2019 Miami Beach pays for its pumps and raised roads with higher stormwater fees, an idea that won the city praise from an expert panel that reviewed Miami Beach’s climate strategy. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "Adapting to climate change is going to cost Florida a lot. Who’s going to pay for it?," 13 July 2019 In addition, strategies to attack and discredit politicians were shared. Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio, orlandosentinel.com, "Puerto Rico’s governor announces resignations of top officials after profanity-laced chat goes public," 13 July 2019 Coty would benefit from mimicking L’Oréal’s digital strategy. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Beauty Sector’s Uglier Stocks Deserve Second Look," 12 July 2019 Worship of military service has become an indispensable cog in every politician’s and corporation’s endearment strategy. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Most Veterans Say America’s Wars Are a Waste. No One’s Listening to Them.," 12 July 2019 Competitive war strategy games are the latest AI triumph A few years ago, no AI could competently play a game like StarCraft. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Playing StarCraft? You can now compete with an undercover AI," 12 July 2019

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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 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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