\ 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

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

Roosevelt, a World War I veteran who walked with a cane, started striding up from the beach. Ron Grossman, Houston Chronicle, "IN THEIR OWN WORDS," 9 June 2019 But his spindly, striding sculptures have been gathered from museums around the country and the world for this illuminating exhibition at the Museo Nacional Del Prado. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Madrid This Summer," 7 June 2019 As police were hauling the protesters into police vans, President Vladimir Putin was striding on stage at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s yearly gathering of economic bigwigs. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 Harris calmly strode away from the assailant as he was hustled off stage and later continued with the program. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Two speeches, two halves of the Democratic campaign," 3 June 2019 Grammar striding to divine this weave in not quite seeing. Ben Lerner, Harper's magazine, "Resistances," 10 Jan. 2019 Adam Driver strides into a Brooklyn warehouse wearing black boots, jeans, and a zip-up sweatshirt. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 Enter de Becker, striding into the fray like Achilles on the plain of Troy. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019 Several men stride into a Kansas City store and blow themselves up, one of them — in a ghoulishly exploitative touch — pausing to mutter a prayer in Arabic and savor the dread of a woman and her young daughter. Justin Chang,, "Violent, self-admiring sequel 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' gets lost in the desert," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Watch Dogs 3, Ubisoft Ubisoft’s stealth hacking series set in a dark, devious post Brexit London has finally hit its stride. Washington Post, "The 10 most promising games at E3 2019," 13 June 2019 Despite making 25 appearances, netting six goals and earning the Goal of the Month award in January, the Cottagers were relegated in miserable fashion and Schurrle failed to hit his stride., "Borussia Dortmund Loan Players: How They Got on Away From Der BVB During the 2018/19 Season," 11 June 2019 Kerr's ability to take the stresses of leadership in her stride will be put to the test in Montpellier on Thursday against a Brazil team which put three goals past debutants Jamaica in its opening match. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Sam Kerr: The football prodigy who became Australia's million dollar player," 11 June 2019 That defense is flying around making plays and the offense is kind of finding its stride. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears100 Celebration Weekend," 10 June 2019 With two outs in the fourth inning, Dwight Smith Jr. ran hard into the left-field wall while catching a line drive from Rougned Odor, not even breaking his stride before his face hit the wall. Jon Meoli,, "Short-handed Orioles lose in Texas, 4-3, to miss a fourth straight chance to win a series," 7 June 2019 Getting his first chance at extended, uninterrupted action in the major leagues, Adrian Houser has found his stride out of the Brewers’ bullpen. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers look for leadoff hitter Lorenzo Cain to return to being the 'engine' that drives offense," 6 June 2019 Gradually his stride became more confident and even furious. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 With the help of stylists Elizabeth Sulcer and Mimi Cuttrell, Bella has truly hit her stride. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Tracing Bella Hadid’s Street Style Evolution From SoCal Good Girl to Fearless Fashion Risk-Taker," 25 Mar. 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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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 courage and determination

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