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

n an elaborate and systematic plan of action

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contrivance, dodge, stratagem
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
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
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
(Briticism) a clever or amusing scheme or trick
incentive program, incentive scheme
a formal scheme for inducing someone (as employees) to do something
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

n 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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