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
Recent Examples on the Web The Kingdom of Mewar, which was located in what is today known as the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, fell to the continent-bestriding Mughal Empire in the early 1600s. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: An End to ‘The Affair’; A Lincoln Center Horror Show," 17 Aug. 2019 In the distance, bestriding the border with Tanzania, is the behemoth, snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 In July 2003, Howard Dean bestrode the Democratic field like a colossus. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Are Democrats blowing their 2020 chance?," 21 June 2019 Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona. Washington Post, "Michel Platini, a soccer great now touched by scandal," 18 June 2019 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

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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