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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Recent Examples on the Web With seven Southern states accounting for 70% of orders, the new process has unsettled some of their governors, who have made the antibody treatment central to their strategy for enduring a wave of the delta variant. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 With seven Southern states accounting for 70 percent of orders, the new process has unsettled some of their governors, who have made the antibody treatment central to their strategy for enduring a catastrophic wave of the Delta variant. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 That, in turn, will depend on a comprehensive messaging strategy crafted in conjunction with the objective scientific data. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 Still, Dutch Bros is counting on an aggressive expansion strategy and brand loyalty among its customers to ensure steady growth as a public company. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Countries like Australia and Singapore are already shifting to a new approach of learning to live with the virus, after relying on the zero-Covid strategy to keep it at bay for much of the past year. Steve George, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Expect the team to be willing to roll the dice on some strategy calls if opportunity allows in this closing stretch. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 Here’s how one approach, based on a strategy developed in Boston, is using community to spread a message against the violence. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2021 Amid a litany of crises, the Supreme Court’s recent action (and inaction) provides a timely gut check on the Democrats’ overall governing and reelection strategy. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Strategy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strategy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for strategy

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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