strategy

In the game of capture-the-flag, running toward your flag screaming is not a good strategy. A strategy is any plan you make to achieve a goal.

The word strategy was developed to describe plans people made for war, and strategies often rely on certain chief assets––the British strategy for world domination relied on its naval superiority, our strategy for this game relies on the other team's poor level of fitness. After they're exhausted, we go for the goal.

Definitions of strategy
  1. noun
    an elaborate and systematic plan of action
    synonyms: scheme
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    contrivance, dodge, stratagem
    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
    counterterrorism
    a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
    game plan
    (sports) a plan for achieving an objective in some sport
    game plan
    (figurative) a carefully thought out strategy for achieving an objective in war or politics or business or personal affairs
    bubble, house of cards
    a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
    playbook
    a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign
    game, plot, secret plan
    a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
    pyramid scheme
    a fraudulent scheme in which people are recruited to make payments to the person who recruited them while expecting to receive payments from the persons they recruit; when the number of new recruits fails to sustain the hierarchical payment structure the scheme collapses with most of the participants losing the money they put in
    waiting game
    a strategy of delay
    wheeze
    (Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick
    incentive program, incentive scheme
    a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
    plant
    something planted secretly for discovery by another
    pump-and-dump scheme
    an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises
    wangle, wangling
    an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
    counterplan, counterplot
    a plot intended to subvert another plot
    intrigue, machination
    a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    cabal, conspiracy
    a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
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    plan of action
    a plan for actively doing something
  2. noun
    the branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war
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    military science
    the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
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