Definition of strategy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstratɪdʒi/

noun (plural strategies)

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
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  • We will have to agree strategies and design policies that will make things happen differently.
  • Organisers hope the conference can help develop new strategies and new marketing programmes.
  • The strategy is a national strategy and it is designed to benefit the whole country.
master plan, grand design, game plan, plan of action, plan, policy, proposed action, scheme, blueprint, programme, procedure, approach, schedule;
tactics, set of tactics
2 [mass 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).
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  • Stalin felt that the key to victory was as much political and economic strategy as military.
  • In the current war, virtual warfare has become an explicit part of military strategy.
  • The same is true for military strategy, which does not only refer to army training.
the art of war, military science, military tactics;
2.1 [count noun] A plan for directing overall military operations and movements: non-provocative defence strategies
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  • Could it be that a trade association run by bankers would adopt a military strategy of its own?
  • Attacking enemy strategies still requires a strategy of your own: who is likely to be your enemy?
  • He then developed a strategy for attacking the Hedjaz railway, the Turkish supply line.


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

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