Definition of strategy in US English:

strategy

noun

  • 1A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.

    ‘time to develop a coherent economic strategy’
    ‘shifts in marketing strategy’
    • ‘Major progress, in terms of a long-term strategy, came with the Europe Agreements.’
    • ‘Below are some personal finance and tax relief tips which may help you in planning your financial strategy.’
    • ‘Of course, no one plans their distribution strategy on domestic audiences alone.’
    • ‘He is sure to earn millions basking in the success of his military strategy.’
    • ‘They were there as part of a longer-term strategy to identify and foster new talent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We will have to agree strategies and design policies that will make things happen differently.’
    • ‘The pension funds have a different mix of strategies designed to encourage customers to take the plunge.’
    • ‘Once a draft plan for the strategy has been drawn up the people of Lancashire will be asked for their views.’
    • ‘In both, I think we see the effects of a design strategy which pursues perfection.’
    • ‘They will meet up for the first time next week to plan their strategy in dealing with the expected hordes of visitors.’
    • ‘A series of exhibitions has been planned to explain the strategy and seek contributions.’
    • ‘The government need to come up with short term and long term strategies to resolve the issues.’
    • ‘The second prong of his strategy is to achieve further reforms of the labour market.’
    • ‘The City of Windhoek is gearing itself to effect a major shift in its marketing strategy.’
    • ‘Diversification is a strategy that is designed to provide a company with some degree of stability.’
    • ‘You cannot design diversity strategies around what is good for private business.’
    • ‘The strategy is a national strategy and it is designed to benefit the whole country.’
    • ‘To accept the reality and truth helps us to plan our strategy to come out of such predicaments.’
    • ‘It has now been forced to conduct a major review in an attempt to find a long-term strategy for its survival.’
    master plan, grand design, game plan, plan of action, plan, policy, proposed action, scheme, blueprint, programme, procedure, approach, schedule
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    1. 1.1 The art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle.
      Often contrasted with "tactics" (see tactic)
      • ‘Control of information and propaganda has always been a central plank of war strategy.’
      • ‘In the current war, virtual warfare has become an explicit part of military strategy.’
      • ‘He often proved more expert than the experts, both in peacetime economics and in wartime strategy.’
      • ‘The same is true for military strategy, which does not only refer to army training.’
      • ‘The height of strategy is not to subdue the enemy in battle, but to subdue him without fighting at all.’
      • ‘One aspect of grand strategy in war which isn't obvious to the layman is the idea of initiative.’
      • ‘Lord Carver begins with a chapter on campaign strategy which helpfully sets the scene.’
      • ‘The shelves are lined with books of military strategy and political analysis.’
      • ‘There is no such a thing as purely military advice when it comes to issues of strategy.’
      • ‘Stalin felt that the key to victory was as much political and economic strategy as military.’
      • ‘Through careful strategy, Cromwell gained an unlikely victory at the Battle of Dunbar.’
      • ‘A great deal has been written about the failure of military strategy in Iraq.’
      • ‘John Ware investigates how Allied strategy has been tested in the heat of battle.’
      the art of war, military science, military tactics
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    2. 1.2 A plan for military operations and movements during a war or battle.
      ‘nonprovocative defense strategies’
      • ‘Attacking enemy strategies still requires a strategy of your own: who is likely to be your enemy?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Much of our military strategy and most of our foreign policy is tied to the United States.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It requires a new attitude toward the battle and new strategy on the battlefield.’
      • ‘It's hard to find victory or exit strategies or any other sanity in what's happening.’
      • ‘It is important for the US's strategy for a ground war that it is able to do so.’
      • ‘What is the exit strategy of the Royal Marines, are they going to be there for the next ten years or three months?’
      • ‘Could it be that a trade association run by bankers would adopt a military strategy of its own?’
      • ‘Certainly the Maginot Line was constructed in the service of a defensive strategy.’
      • ‘Barlow makes the best case for a strategy behind the war that I have ever read.’
      • ‘With no definition of victory and no exit strategy, we may be entering a state of perpetual war.’
      • ‘He then developed a strategy for attacking the Hedjaz railway, the Turkish supply line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.’
      • ‘The new structure of the army brought first a new tactic and then a new strategy.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

strategy

/ˈstradəjē//ˈstrædədʒi/