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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Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. Washington Post, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. Khaled Kazziha, chicagotribune.com, "8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation," 13 July 2018 Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. Khaled Kazziha, Fox News, "7 endangered rhinos die in Kenya relocation bid: Official," 13 July 2018 Maybe after a fruitless stand against Judge Kavanaugh, Democrats will realize legislating and trying to win voters are better strategies than ruling by fiat and mobbing public servants. WSJ, "Senate Losses Are Worth the Risk for Democrats," 12 July 2018 This is a volatile, risky strategy, but the impulse towards face-saving is reassuring. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Trump Might Lose His Trade War With China," 9 July 2018 What will be Ollie’s legal strategy for the arbitration? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 For families like Puri’s, silence was a survival strategy. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 What followed was Khosrowshahi’s meticulous strategy, involving public mea culpae, governance changes, software overhauls, reworked safety and crime protocols, and political diplomacy. Nate Lanxon, The Seattle Times, "Uber CEO Khosrowshahi launched a charm offensive to win over London," 26 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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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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