tac·​tics | \ ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio) \

Definition of tactics

1a : the science and art of disposing and maneuvering forces in combat
b : the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end
2 : a system or mode of procedure
3 : the study of the grammatical relations within a language including morphology and syntax

First Known Use of tactics

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tactics

New Latin tactica, plural, from Greek taktika, from neuter plural of taktikos of order, of tactics, fit for arranging, from tassein to arrange, place in battle formation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tactics

Statistics for tactics

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for tactics

The first known use of tactics was in 1626

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tactics


noun plural
tac·​tics | \ ˈtak-tiks How to pronounce tactics (audio) \

Kids Definition of tactics

1 : the science and art of arranging and moving troops or warships for best use
2 : a system or method for reaching a goal
Hint: Tactics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on tactics

What made you want to look up tactics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of or relating to a parable or parabola

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!