be·​stride | \ bi-ˈstrīd How to pronounce bestride (audio) , bē- \
bestrode\ bi-​ˈstrōd How to pronounce bestride (audio) , bē-​ \; bestridden\ bi-​ˈstri-​dᵊn How to pronounce bestride (audio) , bē-​ \; bestriding\ bi-​ˈstrī-​diŋ How to pronounce bestride (audio) , bē-​ \

Definition of bestride

transitive verb

1 : to ride, sit, or stand astride : straddle
2 : to tower over : dominate the bloated bureaucracy that bestrides us all— Edward Ney
3 archaic : to stride across

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a giant that bestrode the river
Recent Examples on the Web The alternative is to continue to bestride both systems and accept the consequence that trust—arguably the most important attribute of a communication tool like Zoom—is at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party. The Economist, "Schumpeter Can Zoom be trusted with users’ secrets?," 20 June 2020 The offices are spooky-minimalist, and a colossal statue of a little girl bestrides the campus, her eyes glassy and piercing like a nightmare doll’s. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Devs’ Is a Cold and Beautiful Machine," 4 Mar. 2020 His father spent years on the run and three uncles were sent to labour camps for opposing the dictatorship of Mathieu Kérékou, one of dozens of autocrats who bestrode Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. The Economist, "Generation game Young Africans want more democracy," 5 Mar. 2020 In Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman bestrode the stage as a great modernizer. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "‘Black Wave’ Review: Islam Against Itself," 27 Jan. 2020 For a generation, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani bestrode the Middle East spreading terror and death. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Justice Arrives for Soleimani," 3 Jan. 2020 The tech sector today bestrides the U.S. economy like a colossus. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 The symbol of the mace has been noted as one of the U.S. government's most important historical symbols: an eagle with its wings spread wide seated on top of a globe that bestrides a bundle of 13 rods, representative of the original 13 states. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sports Mace of the Republic brooch during impeachment proceeding," 19 Dec. 2019 China and its hand-picked 5G corporate colossus, Huawei, are poised to bestride the globe with Huawei’s version of 5G technology. Arthur L. Herman, National Review, "America Needs to Win the Battle for 5G Supremacy," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bestride

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bestride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bestride

literary : to sit or stand with one leg on either side of (something)

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