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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The nation’s organ transplant network is a work in progress, with health care providers and patient advocates constantly devising new strategies to fairly distribute a scarce resource. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Major shortcomings in organ transplant network flagged in UCSF, Columbia studies," 7 Sep. 2019 Two decades might change technology and end a rivalry, but some strategies are eternal. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "As Longhorns stumble against LSU, a plan remains," 7 Sep. 2019 Thankfully, there’s now a whole host of hi-tech topical rejuvenators and as well as injectable strategies to lift and smooth the delicate neck area—and even prevent it from getting crinkly in the first place. April Long, Town & Country, "The Best Treatments and Products to Lift and Smooth Your Neck," 6 Sep. 2019 That's similar to Beyond Meat's strategy of getting placement in meat cases with the hope of winning over meat lovers. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Food giants Tyson, Hormel, Kellogg's and Kroger all want bigger bite of fake-meat market," 6 Sep. 2019 Researchers from Google's elite Project Zero security group identified five different exploit strategies the malicious sites could use to compromise iPhones running almost every version of iOS 10 through iOS 12. Wired, "Apple Finally Breaks Its Silence on iOS Hacking Campaign," 6 Sep. 2019 In other words: Will the change-everything strategy yield results? Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 One of those apartments belonged to Mr. L’Eplattenier, the managing editor of TheClose.com, a real estate strategy website. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "So Your House Wants to Be a Star," 6 Sep. 2019 Participants learn skills that can help practice self-care, set boundaries and learn strategies to communicate with loved ones struggling with an addiction. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 6 Sep. 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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The first known use of strategy was in 1779

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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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