- Also strategics. the science or art of combining and employing the means of war in planning and directing large military movements and operations.
- the use or an instance of using this science or art.
- skillful use of a stratagem: The salesperson's strategy was to seem always to agree with the customer.
- a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result: a strategy for getting ahead in the world.
Origin of strategy
1680–90; < Greek stratēgía generalship, equivalent to stratēg(ós) military commander, general (strat(ós) army + -ēgos noun derivative of ágein to lead) + -ia -y3
1. 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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Examples from the Web for strategy
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Grace's strategy was very clever, but Nora's bullying is all wrong.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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She had a wicked delight in the defeat of his strategy which she could cleverly conceal.Quaint Courtships
In this strategy Winkleman with reluctance admired the white man's hands.The Leopard Woman
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Hindenburg's strategy had put this out of the range of possibility.
Why German strategy reached this conclusion does not concern us here.
- the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war; generalship
- a particular long-term plan for success, esp in business or politicsCompare tactics (def. 2)
- a plan or stratagem
C17: from French stratégie, from Greek stratēgia function of a general; see stratagem
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Word Origin and History for strategy
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