\ ˈstrīd How to pronounce stride (audio) \
strode\ ˈstrōd How to pronounce strode (audio) \; stridden\ ˈstri-​dᵊn How to pronounce stridden (audio) \; striding\ ˈstrī-​diŋ How to pronounce striding (audio) \

Definition of stride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to stand astride
2 : to move with or as if with long steps strode across the room
3 : to take a very long step

transitive verb

2 : to step over
3 : to move over or along with or as if with long measured steps striding the boardwalk



Definition of stride (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a cycle of locomotor movements (as of a horse) completed when the feet regain the initial relative positions also : the distance traversed in a stride
b : the most effective natural pace : maximum competence or capability often used in the phrase hit one's stride
2 : a long step
3 : an act of striding
4 : a stage of progress : advance made great strides toward their goal
5 : a manner of striding
in stride
1 : without interference with regular activities
2 : without emotional reaction took the news in stride

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strider \ ˈstrī-​dər How to pronounce strider (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for stride

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of stride in a Sentence

Verb She strode across the room towards me. a gang of armed men strode into the bank and approached the teller Noun She crossed the room in only a few strides. He was standing only a few strides away from me. He has a distinctive bouncy stride. She entered the room with a confident stride.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fifty years ago, the city’s three major league teams — the Colts, Bullets and Orioles — all strode into the postseason with title aspirations. Mike Klingaman,, "50 years ago, Baltimore’s Colts, Orioles and Bullets all made it to the postseason, then broke fans’ hearts," 27 Nov. 2019 The officer strode over and struck the old man’s head with a baton., "Leaked documents reveal how China’s mass detention camps work - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 Cholowski strode in and unleashed a shot that made it 2-0 at 9:19 of the second period. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' losing streak hits 5 with loss vs. Canucks at LCA, 5-2," 23 Oct. 2019 At the bank, Octavio Lizarde was opening an account accompanied by his nephew when the gunman strode in and opened fire. Faith Karimi, CNN, "As a gunman roamed through Walmart, shoppers went on their knees and begged for their lives, survivor says," 7 Aug. 2019 The young man stood up off his stool, strode into the middle of the lounge floor, and smoothly drew the blade out of the scabbard. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Vinesh Phogat, a tiny woman of 24 with delicate features, perfect teeth and muscles as round and taut as fresh oranges, emerged from the tunnel in a red cape and strode towards the wrestling mat through an avenue of flames. The Economist, "In the ring with India’s most powerful woman," 25 Oct. 2019 To me, Spirit Day represents striding ever-closer to the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Why Spirit Day Is So Important for LGBTQ Youth," 17 Oct. 2019 Cox describes this sound of striding across an aeolian dune as a tuba being played badly: burp, burp, burp. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But wait, businesses have also been making enormous strides in hiring for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Anne Fisher, Fortune, "Employers Have a New Idea for Inclusive Recruitment: Hiring for Diversity of Thought," 27 Nov. 2019 The 5-year-old boy thrown from a Mall of America balcony in April is making incredible strides in his recovery, CBS Minnesota reports. CBS News, "Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony is walking and attending kindergarten," 25 Nov. 2019 The RhodeWorks program is making strides in the vital task of repairing our roads and bridges., "impassable through Warwick and Cranston for day," 22 Nov. 2019 Florida, though, has made strides in looking like the Top 10 team it was projected to be this season. Pete Iacobelli,, "Kerry Blackshear Jr. lifts Gators to win over Miami at Charleston Classic," 22 Nov. 2019 Toy makers have made strides in becoming more inclusive, especially Barbie, long-criticized for holding girls to an unrealistic ideal of the female body. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "These 8 toys crush bigotry and stereotypes. Yay for raising inclusive humans!," 16 Nov. 2019 Watson has also been making strides in the world of acting, portraying one of the youngest non-binary characters on TV in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Seventeen's 2019 Voices of the Year: 11 Young People Who are Changing the World," 15 Nov. 2019 At the same time, the gap between the highest and lowest performers has widened to a 13-year high of 192 points, reflecting the fact that not every utility is making strides in communication. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Happiness drivers utilities -- and other companies -- should pay attention to," 13 Nov. 2019 Some hospitals are making strides in reducing readmissions, but doing so is a complex challenge, said Lisa Freeman, executive director of the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety. Cara Rosner,, "26 Connecticut hospitals penalized by Medicare for high readmission rates," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stride


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


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

History and Etymology for stride


Middle English, from Old English strīdan; akin to Middle Low German striden to straddle, Old High German strītan to quarrel

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stride.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of stride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk with very long steps



English Language Learners Definition of stride (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long step
: the distance covered by a long step
: a way of walking


\ ˈstrīd How to pronounce stride (audio) \
strode\ ˈstrōd \; stridden\ ˈstri-​dᵊn \; striding\ ˈstrī-​diŋ \

Kids Definition of stride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to walk or run with long even steps



Kids Definition of stride (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a long step or the distance covered by such a step She crossed the room in only a few strides.
2 : a step forward : advance We've made great strides toward a cure.
3 : a way of walking a bouncy stride

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