/strat"i jee/ , n. , pl. strategies .
1. Also, strategics . the science or art of combining and employing the means of war in planning and directing large military movements and operations.
2. the use or an instance of using this science or art.
3. skillful use of a stratagem: The salesperson's strategy was to seem always to agree with the customer.
4. a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result: a strategy for getting ahead in the world.
[ 1680-90; strategía generalship, equiv. to strateg ( ós ) military commander, general ( strat ( ós ) army + -egos n. deriv. of ágein to lead) + -ia -Y 3 ]
Syn. 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.