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verb (used without object), strat路e路gized, strat路e路giz路ing.
to make up or determine strategy; plan.
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Also especially British, strat路e路gise .

Origin of strategize

First recorded in 1970鈥75; strateg(y) + -ize
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What does聽strategize mean?

To strategize is to plan or create a plan or strategy for a specific reason or goal.

A strategy is a plan for a course of action, especially one that prepares for multiple scenarios or situations. Strategize is commonly used in any context that involves extensive planning, especially the military, business, politics, and sports.

Example: One candidate had clearly strategized before the debate and knew how to answer every question and respond to every attack. The other candidate was obviously winging it.

Where does聽strategize come from?

Strategize is a combination of strategy and -ize, a suffix that converts nouns and adjectives into verbs (you could say it verbizes them, if you didn鈥檛 care about whether verbize was a word or not). Strategize has been recorded in English since the 1830s. Strategy dates back to at least the early 1600s and comes from the Greek strat膿g铆a, meaning 鈥渙ffice or command of a general.鈥

The word鈥檚 etymology hints at how its meaning has changed over time. Originally, strategy was a military term, referring to battle campaigns. But by the late 1800s, both strategy and strategize had broadened to encompass other types of plans. To strategize is to create a plan, but usually not just any plan: a long-term, complex, or multifaceted one, one that helps you be prepared for many different contingencies, or possibilities (much like how a general would need to be prepared for many different battle scenarios).

Classically, strategize has been used as an intransitive verb, meaning it doesn鈥檛 have an object (you can just strategize鈥攜ou don鈥檛 need to strategize a plan). But since at least the mid-1800s, it has also been used transitively, as in Let鈥檚 strategize a course of action to increase our profits.

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  • strategizing

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How is聽strategize used in real life?

Strategize can be used to refer to planning for any type of thing, but it usually involves extensive thought and preparation鈥攏ot just a quick decision.


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Which of the following is the best synonym for strategize?

A. ad-lib
B. wing it
C. fly by the seat of your pants
D. scheme

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