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

Examples of bestride in a Sentence

a giant that bestrode the river

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Now Brennan was out, having traded world-bestriding power for a handful of gigs: adviser on world events for clients of Kissinger Associates, visiting scholar at Fordham University and the University of Texas, commentator on breaking news for MSNBC. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 So Trump was able to pose at his rally as a statesman bestriding the world and to change the subject from Stormy Daniels, the Russia probe and the endless revelations about the investigations into his lawyer Michael Cohen. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump hopes America First abroad leads to wins at home," 11 May 2018 Television has changed a lot since those halcyon days when a weekly drama in which characters debated serious ideas in a fair and thoughtful manner could bestride the Nielsen universe like a colossus. Stephen Carter,, "Reboot ‘The West Wing’? Here are some suggestions," 4 May 2018 In the nearly two decades since then, as digital design and social media have expanded the ranks of color obsessives, Pantone has become not just a company but a sensation, its brand bestriding the globe like a behemoth. Bruce Falconer, New York Times, "What Is the Perfect Color Worth?," 28 Feb. 2018 But Walmart no longer bestrides the U.S. economy, Colossus-like. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Will the Liberals Take the Lead on Trade?," 25 Jan. 2018 No one doubts Xi bestrides the landscape like a colossus. Washington Post, "China’s Xi unveils new party leaders but no clear successor," 25 Oct. 2017 At the time of the Ellington centennial, Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a repertory big-band in Duke’s style, bestrode the world. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Thelonious Monk's Quiet, Slow Conquest of the World," 18 Oct. 2017 That was the whole point behind another Ridley Scott masterpiece, his 1984-themed Super Bowl commercial for Apple Computer, which symbolically dethroned IBM as the Orwellian colossus bestriding the personal-computer industry. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "The Blade Runner Curse and the Overestimation of Corporate Might," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bestride

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

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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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