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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Two of the three unity war cabinet ministers have publicly questioned Netanyahu's Gaza strategy this past week, and Minister Benny Gantz threatened to quit by June 8 if key decisions were not made. Margaret Brennan, CBS News, 19 May 2024 Michael Flynn and Roger Stone are spending time with former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Mike Lindell is warming up the Trump rally crowd and Steve Bannon is plotting election strategy with Donald Trump Jr. on his show. Zac Anderson, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for strategy 

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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 27 May. 2024.

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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