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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That news, plus free copies of Axiom Verge, Kabal’s triumphant return to Mortal Kombat, Creative Assembly breaking free from strategy games once again, a Sekiro story trailer, Two Point Hospital gets an interiors overhaul, and more. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The film Groundhog Day gets a VR sequel, Creative Assembly teases a new shooter," 8 Feb. 2019 John Delaney Maryland representative John Delaney's campaign strategy centers around getting into the race early. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Presidential Candidates 2020: Here's Who's Running So Far," 25 Jan. 2019 The new National Academy of Sciences report feeds into a decadal priority-setting system in the astronomy community that guides NASA's long-term strategy. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "To Find Alien Life, NASA Needs Bigger, Bolder Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes," 5 Sep. 2018 As interviewing notoriously stressful experience, strategies for performing under pressure naturally came up as a topic of conversation. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Has a Simple Strategy for Battling Shyness," 11 Jan. 2019 According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Global Market Insights, Inc., the market to launch commercial satellites will hit $7 billion by 2024, dwarfing the space tourism economy. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 There are different ways to complete this and there will certainly be some interesting strategies that will come out during this challenge. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 In addition to phone calls and texts, Kelsea and Morgan have another strategy to help make up for time apart. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Make Their Marriage Work on the Road," 13 Nov. 2018 Trump’s shifting timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria has left allies and other players in the region confused and jockeying for influence over a withdrawal strategy that appeared to be a work in progress. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds," 8 Jan. 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 \
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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