Meaning of “strategic” in the English Dictionary

"strategic" in British English

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uk /strəˈtiː.dʒɪk/ us /strəˈtiː.dʒɪk/

C1 helping to achieve a plan, for example in business or politics:

strategic planning
a strategic withdrawal/advance
Their bombs are always placed in strategic positions to cause as much chaos as possible.

used to provide military forces with an advantage:

There are plans to modernize the US strategic forces.
strategic arms reduction talks

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  • These problems demonstrate the importance of strategic planning.
  • The region was, of course, of strategic importance.
  • They want to protect their strategic and financial interests.
  • This requires a little strategic thinking.
  • The area had no strategic value to either country.
adverb uk /strəˈtiː.dʒɪ.kəl.i/ us /strəˈtiː.dʒɪ.kəl.i/


  • Her desk was strategically placed so that she could keep her eye on the naughty children.
  • A strategically positioned scarf hides her tattoo.

Her scarf was strategically placed to hide a tear in her shirt.
Central Asia is a fragile region, politically weak but strategically important.

(Definition of “strategic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strategic" in Business English

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uk /strəˈtiːdʒɪk/ us also strategical MANAGEMENT

relating to the way in which an organization, country, etc. decides what it wants to achieve and plans actions and use of resources over time to do this:

The company has grown through strategic acquisitions which have taken them into new markets.
strategic goal/objective/priority A company must define its strategic objectives.
strategic decision/initiative/review The new CEO carried out a strategic review of the management structure.
a strategic move/position

(Definition of “strategic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)