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[strat-i-jee] /ˈstræt ɪ dʒi/
noun, plural strategies.
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
Related forms
counterstrategy, noun, plural counterstrategies.
Can be confused
stratagem, strategy, tactic (see synonym study at the current entry)
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. Unabridged
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  • Continue to develop an energy reduction plan and strategy.
  • Instead, it seemed that every idea and action was contrived extemporaneously, and without scheme or strategy.
  • For this point must be borne constantly in mind-the money spent to date was spent with a view only to strategy.
  • The best strategy is to shake snow off or knock it off with a broom to keep it from building up.
  • The little upstart believes that it has a winning strategy.
  • It has also, at long last, settled on a medium-term strategy.
  • Diversification proved a highly successful strategy for some large companies.
  • But although he was desperate for an exit strategy, he faced constant resistance from his generals.
  • Few firms nowadays think about strategy without adding a bit of game theory.
  • Another useful strategy is to shed projects that are not central to a start-up's business.
British Dictionary definitions for strategy


noun (pl) -gies
the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war; generalship
a particular long-term plan for success, esp in business or politics Compare tactics (sense 2)
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 strategy

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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