\ 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 This outcome, this rout by a Big 12 foe, was a repudiation and an erasure of whatever strides the Horns had seemingly made. Nick Moyle,, "Morgantown meltdown: Texas suffers embarrassing defeat to West Virginia," 20 Jan. 2020 Fascists strode en masse toward the capital, and, shortly afterward, Mussolini came to power. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "A Hundred Years of Fellini," 17 Jan. 2020 The two strode up ice and Helm passed back to Filppula, who took the shot and scored bar down. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Robby Fabbri stays hot, but Detroit Red Wings succumb to lowly Senators, 4-3," 20 Nov. 2019 The crowd are on their feet, applauding one of the game's unsung heroes, who is striding towards the podium with swagger and verve., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2013," 24 Oct. 2019 The events take place all across the United States, but Central Maryland strides walk will once again be held at Watkins Park, in Mount Airy, on Oct. 20. Jon Kelvey,, "Mount Airy family fights back against cancer through radon mitigation work, Making Strides walk," 16 Oct. 2019 At the play’s end, dressed in a lavender power ensemble to die for (costume designer Meghan Anderson Doyle outdoes herself), Nora takes her leave with a striding purpose and punctuates it with a legendary, off-stage, slam of the door. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: Denver Center’s “Doll’s House” and “Doll’s House, Part 2” pack one-two gut punch," 5 Oct. 2019 Hando looks to be ready, and then some, to stride into Houston’s brave new world of hand rolls. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hando helps usher in new era of Houston hand rolls," 17 Dec. 2019 To see baseball’s greatest postseason pitcher in recent years, stride out to the mound in October? Ann Killion,, "Bumgarner exits the Giants: Will we ever see him in the postseason again?," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Genesis’s corporate parent, Hyundai/Kia, continues to improve its products in gigantic strides. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 Despite significant strides over the past 10 years, Kentucky's two largest cities are near the bottom in a new ranking of urban diversity in a national report published this week. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Report: Louisville, Lexington rank near the bottom of a list of racially diverse U.S. cities," 23 Jan. 2020 Dean said Puerto Rico has been making significant strides in tourism since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico welcomes visitors despite recent earthquakes," 22 Jan. 2020 Has a long stride and does an excellent job of staying in-phase on vertical routes. oregonlive, "Dontae Manning, Oregon Ducks CB signee, adds 5th star on 247Sports composite rankings," 21 Jan. 2020 Miami has made strides under head coach Chuck Martin, but a very young 2019 team is perhaps too far over its skis in making a bowl appearance. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio) odds, picks and best bets," 5 Jan. 2020 Many states across the country have made similar strides. Steve Marshall, National Review, "The Left’s ‘New’ Frontier Is Old: Reviving the ERA," 31 Dec. 2019 In cross country, the Razorbacks received a boost when Katie Izzo transferred from Cal Poly and made drastic strides. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "Not slowing down: As he approaches 70, UA women’s track and cross country coach sets standards in multiple sports," 25 Dec. 2019 When Urban and his colleagues put their radar to the test, the images revealed 26 of the prints—and the images were detailed enough to calculate the length of the person’s stride and estimate their stature. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Radar reveals ghostly footprints at White Sands," 4 Dec. 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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27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stride.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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