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 These experiments modeled a variety of economic circumstances, different investment strategies, and various levels of disbursement relative to a foundation’s total holdings. Jon Bergdoll, The Conversation, "What happens to charitable giving when the economy falters?," 23 Mar. 2020 At a meeting this past week in Ciudad Juárez, shelter operators discussed strategies to protect their populations from the virus. Miriam Jordan,, "A closed border, dashed hopes, and a looming disaster," 22 Mar. 2020 The Courier Journal has also adopted a social distancing strategy and its reporters, editors, photographers and producers are all working remotely for the next few weeks. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Solo TV anchors? How social distancing, coronavirus is changing how local TV is produced," 19 Mar. 2020 Daniels and the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host a call with local businesses on March 18 to discuss strategies for the business community to lessen the economic impact of the virus while staying safe. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Gilbert closes town buildings and declares emergency to curb the spread of Coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 Some card games are all about strategy, some are about quick-thinking, and others, like The Metagame, are just silly and fun. Popular Science, "The best card games for an entertaining night at home," 17 Mar. 2020 This requires a containment strategy wherein most Americans, except essential workers, self-quarantine in their homes. Bill George, Fortune, "The next Great Recession has already begun," 16 Mar. 2020 The five of us convene at a local bar, discuss the next day’s strategy, and get some last-minute coaching from Jason about being ready to set the hook after every cast. Ben Romans, Outdoor Life, "Want to Catch a Muskie on a Fly Rod? Never Give Up," 13 Mar. 2020 Less than two weeks ago, President Vladimir Putin summoned Russian oil companies to a conference room at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to discuss strategy ahead of a meeting between OPEC and its allies on March 5-6. ... Summer Said, WSJ, "Russia Takes Aim at U.S. Shale Oil Producers," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of strategy was in 1779

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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strategy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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


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.


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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