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

Examples of bestride in a Sentence

a giant that bestrode the river
Recent Examples on the Web With the new Gilded Age now fully in swing, we are ruled by a class of philosopher kings who bestride the business and political worlds. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 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, 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, 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, 5 Mar. 2020 In Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman bestrode the stage as a great modernizer. Josef Joffe, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2020 For a generation, Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani bestrode the Middle East spreading terror and death. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2020 The tech sector today bestrides the U.S. economy like a colossus. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 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, 19 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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