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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Another relative newcomer,, coaches on campaign strategy and media relations. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 Coming up with a catchy title is part of the strategy. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "How College Courses on Happiness and Humiliation Because the Hottest Trend on Campus," 10 July 2018 CBS News also obtained the release, which explained Flynn would be the director of global strategy, orchestrating the firm's business development and offering advice on international military, intelligence and peacekeeping work. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Michael Flynn's lawyers say he hasn't joined lobbying firm, hours after firm's announcement," 10 July 2018 But that’s the sum total of the strategy: There seems to be no plan besides the unwavering belief that escalating economic pressure will eventually break the Chinese. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Trump Might Lose His Trade War With China," 9 July 2018 Instead, the ruling may be part of a strategy to push Micron into a partnership with Chinese semiconductor makers, which could speed China's chip-industry development. David Staats And Ian King, idahostatesman, "A Chinese court just retaliated against Boise's Micron. Here's why, and what it means," 5 July 2018 Pugh highlighted Roca in her state-of-the-city address in March as part of a strategy to fight crime. Yvonne Wenger,, "Nonprofit Roca begins relentless pursuit of Baltimore's most dangerous young men — to change them," 4 July 2018 But for Amazon, video will always be part of a bigger strategy. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 So this is part of a strategy that has linguistic dimensions to justify the caging of human beings and the sequestering of families in camps. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Cages, ‘Infestations,’ and the Demonization of Immigrants," 27 June 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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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 \
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 \
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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