General English

  • noun the decisions you make about how you are going to do something


  • noun a course of action, including the specification of resources required, to achieve a specific objective


  • noun a plan of future action

Information & Library Science

  • noun a plan which sets out the methods of achieving one’s goals

Media Studies

  • noun a communicative act that has a clear purpose and has been pre-planned, e.g. to persuade or make a sale


  • noun the skill of using large military groupings (such as armies, corps, fleets, etc.) in order to achieve long-term objectives which will affect the course of a campaign or war


  • noun a long-term plan of action


  • noun a carefully devised plan of action to achieve a goal, or the art of developing or carrying out such a plan

Origin & History of “strategy”

Etymologically, strategy denotes ‘leading an army’. It comes ultimately from Greek stratēgós ‘commander-in-chief, general’, a compound noun formed from stratós ‘army’ and ágein ‘lead’ (a relative of English act, agent, etc). From it was formed stratēgíā ‘generalship’, which reached English via French stratégie. Another derivative was stratēgeīn ‘be a general’, which in turn spawned stratḗgēma ‘act of a general’. this passed via Latin stratēgēma and French stratagème into English as stratagem (15th c.).