Definition of tactic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtæktɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæktɪk//
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  1. 1[countable, usually plural] the particular method you use to achieve something They tried all kinds of tactics to get us to go. This was just the latest in a series of delaying tactics. The manager discussed tactics with his team. Confrontation is not always the best tactic. It's time to try a change of tactic. They used strong-arm (= aggressive or violent) tactics.
  2. 2tactics [plural] the art of moving soldiers and military equipment around during a battle or war in order to use them in the most effective way compare strategy Wordfinderarmy, artillery, battalion, command, defend, invade, officer, regiment, tactics, weapon
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from modern Latin tactica, from Greek taktikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of tactics’, feminine of taktikos, from taktos ‘ordered, arranged’, from the base of tassein ‘arrange’.Extra examples His strong-arm tactics paid off. I refuse to stoop to such bullying tactics. Longer races demand different tactics. She decided on a stalling tactic. Some players see injuring their opponent as a legitimate tactic. Teachers learn tactics for dealing with aggressive children. The coach was criticized for his negative tactics. They were desperate enough to try shock tactics. They would do well to switch tactics. We use a variety of tactics to make learning fun. the temptation to use underhand tactics It’s time for a change of tactic. Offering goods cheaper than cost price is obviously a short-term marketing tactic. Strong-arm tactics were adopted by both sides during the conflict. The bully-boy tactics of a small minority will not be tolerated. There are serious concerns about the brutal tactics employed by the authorities. They tried all kind of tactics to get us to go. This was just the latest in a series of delaying tactics.
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