From Ancient Greek στρατηγία (stratēgía, “office of general, command, generalship”), from στρατηγός (stratēgós, “the leader or commander of an army, a general”), from στρατός (stratós, “army”) + ἄγω (ágō, “I lead, I conduct”).
- (uncountable) The science and art of military command as applied to the overall planning and conduct of warfare.
- (countable) A plan of action intended to accomplish a specific goal.
- Oftentimes, the very simple strategies pay very great dividends.
- 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, pages 206–7:
- Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close […] above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them. Many insects probably use this strategy, which is a close analogy to crypsis in the visible world—camouflage and other methods for blending into one’s visual background.
- (uncountable) The act of strategizing; the development of effective strategies.
- (an art of using similar techniques in politics or business): tactics
drive, follow, pursue, execute, implement, adopt, abandon, accept, reject, create
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