Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “strategic”


adjective     /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 .Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping Strategic weapons , war , or places provide military forces with an advantage : There are plans to modernize the US strategic forces . strategic arms reduction talks Arms and munitions in general strategically     /-dʒɪ.kəl.i/ adverb Her scarf was strategically placed to hide a tear in her shirt . Central Asia is a fragile region , politically weak but strategically important .Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of strategic adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of strategic

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Arms & munitions in general, but you might be interested in these topics from the Weapons and explosives topic area:

Definitions of “strategic” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

best man

a male friend or relation of the bridegroom who stands with him and helps him during a marriage ceremony

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More