\ 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

The first day of classes is in full swing as Jerry Falwell Jr. strides into a conference room with a sprawling view of an ever-growing campus. J. Brady Mccollough,, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 27 Aug. 2019 After Tuesday’s appointed group of presidential hopefuls strode onto the debate stage, one by one, a military honor guard marched down the theater’s aisle. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "CNN Thinks It’s ESPN," 31 July 2019 Onto the field, amid the chaos, strode White Sox owner Bill Veeck, a man with a wooden leg and a craggy face a wood-carver might love. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019 Last year, during the inaugural Women’s E3 Summit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Oprah Winfrey strode on stage and channeled the famous 1851 speech of abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More," 17 June 2019 Prosecutors say Ellis strode up to most of his unsuspecting victims from behind and struck them in the back of the heads., "Man who randomly punched judge, prosecutor and others in downtown Portland gets 4 years," 6 June 2019 Once we were settled in white leather revolving chairs and offered tea and chocolates by a secretary, Lyovochkin strode in, wearing a deconstructed blazer that accentuated his athletic frame. Sam Patten, WIRED, "Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe," 14 Aug. 2019 Later in the trailer, Aaron Paul’s character is seen cradling Dolores in his arms, while Tessa Thompson strides towards the camera with her cigarette in her mouth and a determined look on her face. Will Thorne,, "Aaron Paul, showrunners unveil ‘Westworld’ Season 3 trailer," 20 July 2019 When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m., they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "11 years later, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semifinals," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eriksson’s sixth goal made it 1-0 by taking a pass from Jackson Yueill in stride, splitting two defenders with the dribble and nutmegging goalkeeper Brian Rowe, who had six saves. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "Chris Wondolowski scores twice, leads Earthquakes past Orlando City," 31 Aug. 2019 Investors appeared to take it in stride, especially given there weren’t particularly high hopes for the combination among the shareholder crowd. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Genetic Counseling for a Million Person Study: Brainstorm Health," 21 Aug. 2019 His long, smooth strides, leg speed and efficiency inspired his nickname. New York Times, "Running to Put San Quentin Behind Him," 8 Aug. 2019 The village organizers say that medical device security has mades strides over the last decade, thanks to the small amount of medical device security research that has been allowed. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Model Hospital Where the Devices Get Hacked—on Purpose," 6 Aug. 2019 For the past few months, Trump has bragged—with a mixture of fact and fiction—about his great, amazing, incredible strides in accomplishing that goal. Elliot Haspel, The New Republic, "The Cruelty of Trump’s Attack on Food Stamps," 23 July 2019 On the way up the mountain, Marvin made powerful strides, sometimes breaking into a jog to keep Dickerson at bay. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hannah Lafleur beats the heat and a past champ to win the Mount Marathon women’s title," 4 July 2019 More Americans are traveling to Washington, D.C., than ever before, and the hotel inventory has grown in stride, with corporate behemoths (Conrad) and international ventures (Eaton) alike planting roots in the U.S. capital. Sarah Firshein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dupont Circle Review: First In," 1 July 2019 The other Today hosts cringed, but Siri just took it in stride, cracking jokes and prepping the meal. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Carson Daly and His Wife Siri Have Stuck Together in the Good Times and the Bad," 16 June 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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