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straddle

verb strad·dle \ ˈstra-dᵊl \

Definition of straddle

straddled; straddling play \ˈstrad-liŋ, ˈstra-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to stand, sit, or walk with the legs wide apart; especially :to sit astride
2 :to spread out irregularly :sprawl
3 :to favor or seem to favor two apparently opposite sides
4 :to execute a commodities market spread
transitive verb
1 :to stand, sit, or be astride of
  • straddle a horse
  • campsites straddling the river
2 :to be noncommittal in regard to
  • straddle an issue
3 :to belong in part to (each of several categories)
  • a movie straddling genres

straddler

play \ˈstrad-lər, ˈstra-dᵊl-ər\ noun
straddle the fence
:to be in a position of neutrality or indecision

Examples of straddle in a Sentence

  1. Turkey straddles Asia and Europe.

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Origin and Etymology of straddle

irregular from stride


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straddle

noun

Definition of straddle

1 :the act or position of one who straddles
2 :a noncommittal or equivocal position
3 :spread 5

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First Known Use of straddle

1611


STRADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

straddle

verb

Definition of straddle for English Language Learners

  • : to sit or ride with a leg on either side of (something)

  • : to be on both sides of (something)

  • : to have parts that are in (different places, regions, etc.)


STRADDLE Defined for Kids

straddle

verb strad·dle \ ˈstra-dᵊl \

Definition of straddle for Students

straddled; straddling
1 :to stand, sit, or walk with the legs spread wide apart
2 :to stand, sit, or ride with a leg on either side of
  • He straddled the horse.
3 :to seem to favor two opposite sides of
  • Not wanting to offend anyone, she straddled the issue.

Law Dictionary

straddle

noun strad·dle \ ˈstrad-ᵊl \

legal Definition of straddle

:the purchase of an equal number of put options and call options on the same underlying securities with the same price and maturity date


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