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strategy

[strat-i-jee] /ˈstræt ɪ dʒi/
noun, plural strategies.
1.
Also, strategics. 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.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Greek stratēgía generalship, equivalent to stratēg(ós) military commander, general (strat(ós) army + -ēgos noun derivative of ágein to lead) + -ia -y3
Related forms
counterstrategy, noun, plural counterstrategies.
Can be confused
stratagem, strategy, tactic (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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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strategy

/ˈstrætɪdʒɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
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 (sense 2)
3.
a plan or stratagem
Word Origin
C17: from French stratégie, from Greek stratēgia function of a general; see stratagem
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Word Origin and History for counterstrategy

strategy

n.

1810, "art of a general," from French stratégie, from Greek strategia "office or command of a general," from strategos "general," from stratos "multitude, army, expedition," literally "that which is spread out" (see structure (n.)) + agos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)).

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