bestride

verb be·stride \ bi-ˈstrīd , bē- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of bestride

bestrode play \-ˈstrōd\; bestridden play \-ˈstri-dᵊn\; bestriding play \-ˈstrī-diŋ\
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

  1. a giant that bestrode the river

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First Known Use of bestride

before 12th century


BESTRIDE Defined for English Language Learners

bestride

verb

Definition of bestride for English Language Learners

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


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