\ 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 When preseason camp seriously hits stride in about mid-August, here’s our best guess as to a two-deep playing chart. oregonlive, "Projecting Oregon State’s 2021 preseason football camp depth chart," 11 May 2021 As a result, there are fewer alteration jobs for the itinerant tailors who stride around residential areas, sewing machine hoisted on a shoulder, clinking a pair of scissors to advertise their services. New York Times, "How Working From Home Changed Wardrobes Around the World," 15 Apr. 2021 Gladiators stride across her stage, including Spiculus, the heartthrob of his age, who ended up a dependent of Nero. James Romm, WSJ, "‘A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Review: Et tu, Brute?," 12 Mar. 2021 But these lapses are only modest shortcomings in a work that stands as a fitting monument to one of the most formidable gladiators ever to stride the halls of Congress. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘Thaddeus Stevens’ Review: Back in the American Pantheon," 5 Mar. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Formed in Jacksonville, Fla. around 1974, 38 Special hit their stride in the late ’70s/early ’80s, by updating anthemic Southern-rock with hard-rock heat. Matt Wake |, al, "Secrets behind 38 Special hits, what band learned from Ronnie Van Zant," 14 May 2021 Although still not overly large, the orchestra produced a full, rich sound and a sense that the musicians are starting to hit their stride together. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Orchestra and Fabien Gabel join for a joyous celebration of spring," 1 May 2021 The critic in me knows, of course, that for any gifted filmmaker who’s just hit his stride, the possibilities ahead are endless. Los Angeles Times, "‘Minari’ and me: What my friend’s Oscars journey taught me about being a critic," 26 Apr. 2021 As Kytch hit its stride over the months that followed, the strange orders stopped and there were no more clear signs of animosity from Taylor. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "They Hacked McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines—and Started a Cold War," 20 Apr. 2021 Effectively, says Rotman, as fintech companies such as Plaid and Robinhood hit stride, younger startups are seeing an opportunity to build or improve upon those businesses. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Why a million and one startups all seem to do the same thing now," 16 Apr. 2021 Another growing trend was the arrival of directors from outside Hollywood, as the golden age of the art house hit its stride. Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, "Every Film in This Oscar Category Is an Underdog You Can Root for," 14 Apr. 2021 And Hatch hit his stride on the app not by dancing but by deadpanning. Washington Post, "A printing press operator and a snail expert? These museum workers have become unlikely TikTok stars.," 10 Apr. 2021 Health officials plan to inoculate 10,000 people each week as the country’s vaccination campaign begins to hit its stride. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, "EU Travel: Vaccine Chief Says Herd Immunity Will Happen By Mid-July," 6 Apr. 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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15 May 2021

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“Stride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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