Meaning of STRATEGY in English

strat ‧ e ‧ gy W2 AC /ˈstrætədʒi, ˈstrætɪdʒi/ BrE AmE noun ( plural strategies )

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ strategy , ↑ strategist ; adverb : ↑ strategically ; adjective : ↑ strategic ]

[ Date: 1800-1900 ; Language: Greek ; Origin: strategia 'art of leading an army' , from strategos ; ⇨ ↑ stratagem ]

1 . [countable] a planned series of actions for achieving something:

the government’s long-term economic strategy

a company’s business strategy

strategy for doing something

a strategy for dealing with crime

strategy to do something

a strategy to attract younger audiences to jazz

2 . [uncountable and countable] the skill of planning the movements of armies in a war, or an example of this:

military strategies

It is the general’s role to develop overall strategy.

3 . [uncountable] skilful planning in general:

The company must first resolve questions of strategy.

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■ adjectives

▪ an economic strategy

The government has changed its economic strategy.

▪ a business strategy

This is a high-risk business strategy.

▪ a marketing strategy

The firm is considering a change in its marketing strategy.

▪ a political strategy

Baldwin’s political strategy was almost totally successful.

▪ a coping strategy

Therapists can show a child new coping strategies.

▪ a survival strategy

He says his father’s withdrawal was a survival strategy.

▪ a successful/effective strategy

The most successful strategy is often the simplest one.

▪ a clear/coherent strategy

It is important that the company has a clear strategy.

▪ a high-risk strategy

The expansion plan is a high-risk strategy.

▪ a long-term strategy

The closure of these branches is part of our long-term strategy.

■ verbs

▪ use a strategy ( also employ a strategy formal )

What strategies do you use to deal with these problems?

▪ adopt a strategy (=start to use it)

Both players adopted the same strategy.

▪ devise/work out a strategy ( also formulate a strategy formal )

We had to devise strategies for saving money.

▪ develop a strategy

Groups can help members develop new coping strategies.

▪ evolve a strategy

The creatures which live in the river have evolved strategies for surviving sudden floods.

▪ pursue/follow a strategy (=do a particular planned series of actions)

They are pursuing different strategies.

▪ implement a strategy formal (=do a series of actions that you or someone else has planned)

The firm faces several challenges as it seeks to implement that strategy.

▪ a strategy works

The Government’s economic strategy was not working.

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