Meaning of “tactic” in the English Dictionary

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"tactic" in British English

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uk /ˈtæk.tɪk/ us /ˈtæk.tɪk/

C1 [ C usually plural ] a planned way of doing something:

These bomb attacks represent a change of tactics by the terrorists.
tactics [ plural ]

the organization and use of soldiers and equipment in war

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  • The proposal was dismissed as a diversionary tactic intended to distract attention from the real problems.
  • We need to agree tactics before the game.
  • The rebels are using guerilla tactics.

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

"tactic" in American English

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tacticnoun [ C usually pl ]

us /ˈtæk·tɪk/

a specific action intended to get a particular result:

Oliver’s clumsy tactics doomed the plan from the start.

Tactics is the science of planning the arrangement and use of military forces and equipment in war.

(Definition of “tactic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tactic" in Business English

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tacticnoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk /ˈtæktɪk/ us

a planned method for achieving a particular result:

I think we'll have to change our marketing tactics.
The tactics used by the salesman made her uncomfortable.
The complaints are no more than a delaying tactic.

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