\ 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 Sorkin, shown sitting in his home which unsurprisingly included an old-timey gramophone, seemed to take them in stride. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Best and Worst Moments of the 2021 Golden Globe Awards," 1 Mar. 2021 Derrick Rose’s in-stride 3-pointer just a step off the center court logo as time expired to give his team its first lead of the game, 54-52. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' close-game woes beginning to take their toll as team falls to 9th in East," 28 Feb. 2021 For his part, Kahkonen is taking things in stride, filling his role when called upon and enjoying the run the Wild has put together by playing together. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Kaapo Kahkonen staking a claim to being Wild's regular goalie," 25 Feb. 2021 Morris, an Orange Glen High graduate and former high school coach who still trains quarterbacks, remembers Faulk returning to the huddle after runs, pretty much taking it all in stride. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Faulk provides Aztecs’ most memorable moment," 25 Feb. 2021 There were a few technical glitches—frozen screens and the like—but teachers took them in stride, keeping students focused on the work. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, "Baltimore’s Schools Chief Says Curriculum Is Key To Education Equity," 24 Feb. 2021 That is because Edwards has mostly handled the obstacles in stride. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Jaw-dropping dunk is latest highlight for 'happy, loud and energetic' rookie Anthony Edwards," 21 Feb. 2021 Honestly Frazier takes the whole thing in stride for a guy whose death on the Civil War battlefield was just prophesied by his friend’s sister. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Recap: You Look Like You’ve Seen a Ghost," 19 Feb. 2021 Again, SpaceX seemed to take the explosion in stride, assuming a seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the crash. Erik Olsen, Popular Science, "SpaceX Starships keep exploding, but it’s all part of Elon Musk’s plan," 17 Feb. 2021

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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 8 Mar. 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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