\ ˈstrīd How to pronounce stride (audio) \
strode\ ˈstrōd How to pronounce stride (audio) \; stridden\ ˈstri-​dᵊn How to pronounce stride (audio) \; striding\ ˈstrī-​diŋ How to pronounce stride (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 stride (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 To maintain your outdoor running pace and stride while inside, Josh Maio, founder and head coach of Gotham City Runners in NYC, suggests running with a slight incline. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, "11 Treadmills That Are Worth the Investment, According to Running Coaches," 5 Jan. 2021 Bearded farmers stride defiantly down Main Street past signs requiring them to wear masks. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Deadliest place in America: They shrugged off the pandemic, then their family and friends started dying," 13 Dec. 2020 In the best of all possible worlds, the president of the United States would simply stride out to the Rose Garden and announce that all public-school teachers were being fired, as Reagan did with the air-traffic controllers in ’81. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Case for Private Education Co-operatives," 9 Sep. 2020 Williams will have to find her stride a little sooner in her next match against No. 15 seed Maria Sakkari, who handily defeated Williams at the Western & Southern Open last week. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Three reasons Serena Williams will win the U.S. Open for her 24th Grand Slam," 7 Sep. 2020 Acknowledging that having to celebrate at home wasn’t the way her daughter had planned on honoring the milestone moment, Paltrow praised the teen for taking it stride. Maria Pasquini,, "Gwyneth Paltrow and Daughter Apple, 16, Twin in Sports Bras and Leggings During Workout Session," 31 July 2020 The notion that working Americans should grit their teeth and stride serenely towards death to save the economy is just another unpopular position our electoral systems grant most Republicans the freedom to hold. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans," 30 July 2020 The crew resented the way Niv would stride into their homey, basic studio, bringing extra work for them. Jeff Kao, ProPublica, "The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda," 30 July 2020 The purpose was to allow President Trump to stride to St. John’s Church, accompanied by the Attorney General and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and be photographed holding a Bible. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The History of the “Riot” Report," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Golden Rain tree (Koelreuteria) takes our summers in stride. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery plants all from England this week," 11 Jan. 2021 Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who addressed the media before the blockbuster news that Ward tested positive, was taking the news in stride. cleveland, "Denzel Ward tests positive for COVID-19; will miss finale and possibly a playoff game as Jarvis Landry, 4 others return," 31 Dec. 2020 Despite the timing of the announcement, some bar managers seemed to take it in stride. Jeff Adelson,, "New Orleans bars forbidden to serve indoors after city crosses coronavirus mark," 30 Dec. 2020 In Week 11, one of the Ravens’ longest runs from a disappointing day against a mediocre Tennessee Titans defense had Dobbins motion over from the slot to Jackson, take a shotgun handoff in stride and try to turn the corner upfield. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: For a high-flying offense, two running backs can be double the fun," 30 Dec. 2020 With under a minute left in the second quarter, Stowers hit Jace Wilson in stride for a 38-yard score after Wilson got behind the Abilene secondary. Denton Record-Chronicle, "Guyer takes down Abilene, advances to region final for second consecutive year," 26 Dec. 2020 Her son was angry but Goldstein is taking it in stride. Michael Liedke, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Unprecedented’ mail volume delays Christmas gifts," 25 Dec. 2020 Her son was angry but Goldstein is taking it in stride. Michael Liedtke, ajc, "'Unprecedented' mail volume delays Christmas gifts," 25 Dec. 2020 The chancellor appears to be taking this in stride. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Simply Talking About the Pandemic the Right Way Can Help Rebuild American Democracy," 24 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of stride was before the 12th century

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15 Jan 2021

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“Stride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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