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[ strat-i-jee ]


, plural strat·e·gies.
  1. Also the science or art of combining and employing the means of war in planning and directing large military movements and operations.
  2. the use or an instance of using this science or art.
  3. skillful use of a stratagem:

    The salesperson's strategy was to seem always to agree with the customer.

  4. a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result:

    a strategy for getting ahead in the world.


/ ˈstrætɪdʒɪ /


  1. the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war; generalship
  2. a particular long-term plan for success, esp in business or politics Compare tactics
  3. a plan or stratagem
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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  • counter·strate·gy noun plural counterstrategies
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Word History and Origins

Origin of strategy1

First recorded in 1680–90; from Greek stratēgía “generalship,” equivalent to stratēg(os) “military commander, general” ( strat(ós) “army” + -ēgos, noun derivative of ágein “to lead”) + -ia -y 3
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Word History and Origins

Origin of strategy1

C17: from French stratégie, from Greek stratēgia function of a general; see stratagem
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Synonym Study

In military usage, a distinction is made between strategy and tactics. Strategy is the utilization, during both peace and war, of all of a nation's forces, through large-scale, long-range planning and development, to ensure security or victory. Tactics deals with the use and deployment of troops in actual combat.
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Example Sentences

The complete data set of strategies will be posted in the coming weeks.

HubSpot says in 2018, 18% of marketers were looking to add podcasting to their strategy.

One might wonder whether this is the right strategy, especially given the company’s rather opaque criteria in granting access to the model.

I was able to defy these odds with a mix of a winning strategy, a great team on my side, and a healthy dose of relentlessness.

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That strategy has been used in some cases to help determine GMO policy.

It is also important to avoid using the pope as part of a marketing strategy.

Take the chief metric of the war in Vietnam—body counts, which ultimately did not answer whether the strategy was working.

Offending the other ones has been a central strategy for Paul over the last year.

Those who have watched anti-gay groups closely suggest that there will be two major strategic shifts in their strategy.

He had no conception of the use of the other arms of the service, and never gained even the most elementary knowledge of strategy.

The firm foundation that Scattergood's strategy rested upon was that lumbering had not really started in the valley.

Nor did they advance beyond Wallace in the still more important principles of large strategy.

It was recovered by Cerizet by means of a strategy worthy of a Scapin.

"You may put strategy out of the definition, leaving in the woman," she continued ironically.


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More About Strategy

What is strategy?

A strategy is a plan or method put in place to achieve a goal or result, as in Blanca’s strategy for passing the test was to study every night until test day.

Strategy can refer to the use of tactics in the planning of military operations, usually to succeed in a battle or war. In a military context, a strategy can refer to an overall plan, a specific or broad goal, or the execution of said plan or goal.

Strategy can also refer to the use of a strategy to meet a goal, as in The only way to win a war is with a solid strategy.

Example: Their strategy was to distract the enemy and then sneak in from behind.

Where does strategy come from?

The first records of the term strategy come from the 1680s. It comes from the Greek stratēgía, meaning “military commander.”

A distinction is made between strategy and tactics in military usage.  A strategy is the long-term plan for using one’s military forces to win peace or maintain security, while tactics are the specific movement of troops and resources during a battle.

Business is another area in which strategy is commonly used. A company will have an overall strategy for growing sales and profits. Meanwhile, the different divisions within the company will have their own strategies for reaching their goals, which help the whole company reach its goals.

Anyone can create a strategy, however. When you create a strategy, you’re creating a plan for how to achieve a goal, including the steps and the resources you’ll need. For example, you might create a strategy to learn more about words by continuing to read word-related articles like this one!

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Strategy is frequently used in the context of business, government, or public relations, but it’s also used in more casual conversations.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for strategy?

A. plan
B. scheme
C. improvisation
D. design