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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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 Christmas Day calls for merrymaking, plenty of family time—and, most importantly, a zero-maintenance beauty strategy. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 9 Best Red Lipsticks of All Time for Christmas and Beyond," 25 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Verizon has a new strategy to undermine online privacy and net neutrality Verizon purchased AOL in June 2015; AOL is now part of a Verizon subsidiary called Oath, which also includes Yahoo. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine," 4 Dec. 2018 With the clock ticking, rising waters threatening and the world raptly looking on, rescue workers were trying to settle on a strategy to rescue the young Thai soccer players who've been trapped in a cave for two weeks. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 2018 This means the crew can spend more time handling the overall strategy and mission of a flight and less time dealing with all the small sub-problems of piloting an aircraft. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 Smith has railed against McMaster’s plea that South Carolinians have patience with the administration’s overall tariff strategy. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "South Carolina governor candidates clash in final debate," 25 Oct. 2018 An ancient subsistence strategy was starting to vanish. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Of course, there's rarely any official talk from sources going on record, but that's part of the overall media strategy not to discuss seemingly frivolous gossip. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 19 Dec. 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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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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