Definition of strategy in English:

strategy

noun

  • 1A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.

    ‘time to develop a coherent economic strategy’
    mass noun ‘shifts in marketing strategy’
    • ‘Diversification is a strategy that is designed to provide a company with some degree of stability.’
    • ‘The government need to come up with short term and long term strategies to resolve the issues.’
    • ‘The City of Windhoek is gearing itself to effect a major shift in its marketing strategy.’
    • ‘The pension funds have a different mix of strategies designed to encourage customers to take the plunge.’
    • ‘They were there as part of a longer-term strategy to identify and foster new talent.’
    • ‘To accept the reality and truth helps us to plan our strategy to come out of such predicaments.’
    • ‘The strategy is a national strategy and it is designed to benefit the whole country.’
    • ‘Below are some personal finance and tax relief tips which may help you in planning your financial strategy.’
    • ‘It has now been forced to conduct a major review in an attempt to find a long-term strategy for its survival.’
    • ‘Taken as a whole, this endeavour can be seen as a long-term strategy for winning the peace.’
    • ‘Organisers hope the conference can help develop new strategies and new marketing programmes.’
    • ‘The second prong of his strategy is to achieve further reforms of the labour market.’
    • ‘You cannot design diversity strategies around what is good for private business.’
    • ‘Of course, no one plans their distribution strategy on domestic audiences alone.’
    • ‘We will have to agree strategies and design policies that will make things happen differently.’
    • ‘In both, I think we see the effects of a design strategy which pursues perfection.’
    • ‘A series of exhibitions has been planned to explain the strategy and seek contributions.’
    • ‘Once a draft plan for the strategy has been drawn up the people of Lancashire will be asked for their views.’
    • ‘They will meet up for the first time next week to plan their strategy in dealing with the expected hordes of visitors.’
    • ‘Major progress, in terms of a long-term strategy, came with the Europe Agreements.’
    • ‘He is sure to earn millions basking in the success of his military strategy.’
    master plan, grand design, game plan, plan of action, plan, policy, proposed action, scheme, blueprint, programme, procedure, approach, schedule
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  • 2mass noun The art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle.

    ‘he was a genius when it came to military strategy’
    Often contrasted with "tactics" (see tactic)
    • ‘The shelves are lined with books of military strategy and political analysis.’
    • ‘John Ware investigates how Allied strategy has been tested in the heat of battle.’
    • ‘Stalin felt that the key to victory was as much political and economic strategy as military.’
    • ‘Control of information and propaganda has always been a central plank of war strategy.’
    • ‘A great deal has been written about the failure of military strategy in Iraq.’
    • ‘One aspect of grand strategy in war which isn't obvious to the layman is the idea of initiative.’
    • ‘In the current war, virtual warfare has become an explicit part of military strategy.’
    • ‘There is no such a thing as purely military advice when it comes to issues of strategy.’
    • ‘The height of strategy is not to subdue the enemy in battle, but to subdue him without fighting at all.’
    • ‘The same is true for military strategy, which does not only refer to army training.’
    • ‘He often proved more expert than the experts, both in peacetime economics and in wartime strategy.’
    • ‘Lord Carver begins with a chapter on campaign strategy which helpfully sets the scene.’
    • ‘Through careful strategy, Cromwell gained an unlikely victory at the Battle of Dunbar.’
    the art of war, military science, military tactics
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    1. 2.1count noun A plan for directing overall military operations and movements.
      ‘non-provocative defence strategies’
      • ‘The new structure of the army brought first a new tactic and then a new strategy.’
      • ‘Firstly, devote as much care to your media strategy as you do to your military strategy.’
      • ‘The long-term strategy must always be to starve the terrorists of support and recruits.’
      • ‘The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.’
      • ‘It's science fiction but it gives a good inside on war strategies and tactics.’
      • ‘The danger was that this strategy would drive neutral America into the Allied camp.’
      • ‘Certainly the Maginot Line was constructed in the service of a defensive strategy.’
      • ‘Could it be that a trade association run by bankers would adopt a military strategy of its own?’
      • ‘He then developed a strategy for attacking the Hedjaz railway, the Turkish supply line.’
      • ‘It's hard to find victory or exit strategies or any other sanity in what's happening.’
      • ‘It requires a new attitude toward the battle and new strategy on the battlefield.’
      • ‘It is also a war strategy aimed at humiliating the enemy men by showing they are unable to protect their women.’
      • ‘They decided on a defensive strategy to allow the Germans to wear themselves out.’
      • ‘Attacking enemy strategies still requires a strategy of your own: who is likely to be your enemy?’
      • ‘What is the exit strategy of the Royal Marines, are they going to be there for the next ten years or three months?’
      • ‘Much of our military strategy and most of our foreign policy is tied to the United States.’
      • ‘Barlow makes the best case for a strategy behind the war that I have ever read.’
      • ‘It is important for the US's strategy for a ground war that it is able to do so.’
      • ‘With no definition of victory and no exit strategy, we may be entering a state of perpetual war.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from French stratégie, from Greek stratēgia ‘generalship’, from stratēgos (see stratagem).

Pronunciation

strategy

/ˈstratɪdʒi/