\ 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

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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 Hando looks to be ready, and then some, to stride into Houston’s brave new world of hand rolls. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Hando helps usher in new era of Houston hand rolls," 17 Dec. 2019 To see baseball’s greatest postseason pitcher in recent years, stride out to the mound in October? Ann Killion,, "Bumgarner exits the Giants: Will we ever see him in the postseason again?," 16 Dec. 2019 On Halloween, Benson grabbed a bucket of candy and strode down his driveway in a brown, furry Chewbacca suit. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Blame Over Justice: The Human Toll of the Navy’s Relentless Push to Punish One of Its Own," 20 Nov. 2019 Tyler Perry officially christened his massive new film Atlanta studio as entertainment industry luminaries strode a red carpet to his sprawling complex for an opening gala. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hollywood A-list hits red carpet at Tyler Perry’s new studio," 5 Oct. 2019 Moments later, Warren, who strode onstage to a standing ovation, apologized anyway. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "In Iowa, Democrats Court the Long-Overlooked Native American Vote," 21 Aug. 2019 Fassi strode to the 18th green with Coach Shauna Taylor at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville with a big lead as fans called the Hogs on May 20. Arkansas Online, "TOP 10 ARKANSAS SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: UA’s firing of high-profile coaches dominated news cycle," 26 Dec. 2019 The Nuggets strode into the Staples Center and rocked the Lakers 128-104 on Sunday night, improving to 20-8 and stretching their winning streak to six. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets crush LeBron-less Lakers, stretch winning streak to six," 22 Dec. 2019 Dylan Larkin picked the puck up along the boards and strode to the middle and fired a puck that Matt Murray deflected. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings drop 11th straight in loss to Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3," 7 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the bottom line is: the Democratic juggernaut is continuing to help Democrats pull in massive amounts of money that will be a major benefit for 2020, but Republicans are making their best strides in recent years at closing the gap. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Democratic online donations hit $1 billion mark in 2019 as Republicans make strides to catch up," 10 Jan. 2020 The clip shows a heartbroken Harley sans Joker finding her stride and assembling a female power force to get revenge on those who seek to kill her. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "It's Not So Quiet in Margot Robbie's 'Birds of Prey' Trailer, Thanks to Bjork Song," 9 Jan. 2020 His powerful skating stride makes him the envy of the league along with Connor McDavid. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche All-Decade Team: Colorado’s best players from 2010 through 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 But, like last year, the Patriots are finding their stride at just the right time. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL winners and losers from Week 16's Saturday action," 22 Dec. 2019 Her busy schedule necessitates a wardrobe that encomapasses it all—red carpet glamour, executive realness, off-duty model style—and that’s something Graham has taken in her stride. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Ashley Graham Rewrote the Rules on Maternity Dressing," 6 Dec. 2019 Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic Aron Baynes has made the recovery back from a right hip flexor strain that took the strut out of his imposing stride. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Aron Baynes brings back Phoenix Suns' toughness, intensity after hip injury," 30 Nov. 2019 The big challenge for UConn on Saturday will be stopping an East Carolina offense that seems to have found its stride. Alex Putterman,, "On Senior Day, UConn to face East Carolina team with no conference wins but plenty of weapons," 22 Nov. 2019 Did the rise of e-commerce and disruptive cosmetics brands throw L'Oréal off its stride? Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The Disruptive E-Commerce Revolution Is Benefitting Big Cosmetics Brands," 19 Nov. 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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stride.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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