\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tanned people in sharp suits and stylish dresses stride inside, past rows of TV cameras and stage lights and into the posh hotel’s ballroom. Chase Peterson-withorn, Forbes, 5 May 2022 For more than a decade, elite tennis players, golfers, and track and field athletes have relied on it to improve their serve, swing, or stride. Gordy Megroz, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2022 Rock allowed a man four inches taller—one of the most recognized and popular men on the planet –to stride up to him, on a stage before millions of eyeballs live and smack him across the face like an unwelcome alien. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 29 Mar. 2022 Researchers concluded the greatest improvement in peak force, percent at VO2 max, and stride rate in the 8–12-second group. Lukus Klawitter, Outside Online, 27 July 2020 The Forerunner 45 uses satellite tracking to precisely track all your distance, pace, and stride lengths. Gear Team, Wired, 12 Mar. 2022 The purpose of short interval workouts is to increase raw speed, stride power and running economy. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 14 Sep. 2018 But for the good of racing and the enhanced performances surrounding Knicks Go and his connections, there will be plenty of support for Life is Good or a longshot to stride home a winner. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 As your hips increase in mobility and your glutes get active and strong, your body will optimize your cadence and stride for every pace. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jones really found his stride late in the season, scoring in double figures in Xavier's last 11 games. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2022 With Glenelg up 3-1, both pitchers found their stride in the next three innings. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2022 After 15 years of championing the harshest fringes in rock, the label found its stride at this bucolic haven, where the wildest noises were the howls of Pellow’s seven dogs. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Over the past year, Bad Bunny and his stylist Storm Pablo have found their stride. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2022 Out of the timeout, the Lions reset and found their stride. Jacob Steinberg,, 9 Mar. 2022 East Hartford, the second seed, lost to Enfield and Glastonbury during the regular season but has found its stride. Lori Riley,, 23 Feb. 2022 Last week, Next 5) The Bulls have found their stride again. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 21 Feb. 2022 Michigan found its stride down the stretch in the half, turning the ball over only once in the final 10 minutes. Paul Nasr, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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