\ ˈstrīd \
strode\ ˈstrōd \; stridden\ ˈstri-​dᵊn \; striding\ ˈstrī-​diŋ \

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 \ noun

Synonyms for stride

Synonyms: Verb

file, march, pace, parade

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Examples of stride in a Sentence


She strode across the room towards me. a gang of armed men strode into the bank and approached the teller


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

Sandwiched in between the disaster that was 2017, and the expectation that the company will go public in 2019, this was a year for Uber to put its sordid past behind it and stride confidently into the future. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 When the school’s directors, Tom and Holly (her real name) Valent, strode out together on stage, applause soared through the crimson and green auditorium. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 There is no open kitchen to draw a guest’s attention, and Mr. Colicchio does not generally stride the dining room accepting accolades and air-kissing models, bankers and those who gather around them. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 This is the white nationalist right emerging from its media cocoon and striding onto the world stage, running the most powerful country in the world. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Out onto the court strode Joe, the second-year owner of a team that had been ripping off fans for two decades and was planning to leave town ASAP. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scott Ostler: Boo who? An owner proves himself," 19 Mar. 2018 R3hab, real name Fadil El Ghoul, strides into The Verge with a bubbling energy that ekes into every corner. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?," 5 Oct. 2018 The Swiss will play the gold medal game on Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode into the final by crushing the United States 6-0. Karel Janicek,, "Sweden crushes U.S. 6-0 to reach final of hockey worlds; Swiss stun Canada," 19 May 2018 Partway through her closing argument on Tuesday, Kristen Gibbons Feden, a 35-year-old prosecutor, strode across the courtroom and stared down Bill Cosby from a few feet away. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The Intercept breaks open Democratic squabbles as midterm elections approach," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In ongoing tests of the system, the patients were able to adjust the length and speed of their strides and to walk on a treadmill for an hour—traveling the equivalent of up to one kilometer. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Spinal-cord stimulation allows three paralyzed men to walk with assistance," 31 Oct. 2018 Though not necessarily natural allies, both Florida’s Dead Prez and Michigan’s Slum Village hit their creative strides around the turn of the millennium performing decidedly uncommercial hip-hop. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Rosaliné Former Mo Chica chef Ricardo Zarate, the guy leading the charge for modern Peruvian cuisine in the U.S., has hit his stride at his latest restaurant, housed inside an airy dining room in West Hollywood. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Salah, who scored 34 Premier League goals, led Liverpool to the Champions League final and guided Egypt to its first World Cup in 28 years, will take it all his stride judging by his past success. James Masters, CNN, "Mohamed Salah and the hope of 100 million Egyptians: 'I don't feel the pressure'," 14 June 2018 Fishing is hitting its summer stride across southern Idaho. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Fishing is hitting its summer stride across southern Idaho," 8 June 2018 Though Justify’s path to this point has differed wildly from American Pharoah’s run to the 2015 Triple Crown, Baffert sees similarities in his stride, his growth and his potential. Washington Post, "Baffert sees parallels between Justify and American Pharoah," 4 June 2018 Microsoft has struggled to keep its Edge rendering engine in stride with Chromium. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac," 6 Dec. 2018 The talks come after major strides from North Korea in its nuclear capability, including tests of more powerful weapons and missiles that can reach the United States. NBC News, "North Korea's many nuclear weapons and how to rid the world of them," 11 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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