\ 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 Vinesh Phogat, a tiny woman of 24 with delicate features, perfect teeth and muscles as round and taut as fresh oranges, emerged from the tunnel in a red cape and strode towards the wrestling mat through an avenue of flames. The Economist, "In the ring with India’s most powerful woman," 25 Oct. 2019 To me, Spirit Day represents striding ever-closer to the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Why Spirit Day Is So Important for LGBTQ Youth," 17 Oct. 2019 Cox describes this sound of striding across an aeolian dune as a tuba being played badly: burp, burp, burp. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Bumgarner came striding out of the bullpen in Kansas City on two days’ rest, for a five-inning save in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Ann Killion,, "Madison Bumgarner has been the Giants’ sure thing. Until now," 22 July 2019 Meyerson was with about two dozen people in a breakout session when Perot strode in with his buzz cut, his skinny tie and his white shirt. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: The boss had a complicated but never dull relationship with Morton Meyerson, employee No. 54," 14 July 2019 After having the door ceremonially slammed in her face, the official, a rod on her shoulder and a sword at her waist, strode into the chamber., "When a security team finally tore the lawmakers away, the speaker, John Bercow, remained studiously seated, causing one of the BBC commentators to marvel under her voice, “He’s not going to go.”," 11 Sep. 2019 The Egyptian turned David Luiz inside out on the halfway line before striding into the Arsenal half, leaving the Brazilian floundering behind., "Liverpool Premier League Month in Review: August - Best Player, Best Performance & Overall Rating," 7 Sep. 2019 Jackhammers, roaring buses, women striding into traffic, knifelike in their high, sharp heels, past windows full of faces, products, bright admonishments, light, and dust. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ball buzzed past Williams and found Hurst, helmet high, in stride. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: With the NFL’s top ground game and tight end group, play-action’s always a good idea," 13 Nov. 2019 With the Eagles coming with a four-man rush plus a blitzing linebacker, Blackman stepped up into the pocket and threw a dime into Terry’s hands in stride. Luis Torres,, "FSU players back interim coach Odell Haggins to replace Willie Taggart," 13 Nov. 2019 There were moments when his teammates embraced him — Aaron Henry playfully tugging his headband with a hand in Winston’s face to draw a smile, a perfect pass in stride to Thomas Kithier and a fist pump after. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Cassius Winston plays with broken heart, but surrounded by love," 10 Nov. 2019 James Clemens, which managed just 54 yards of offense on its first three possessions of the second half, answered 46 seconds later when Cantrell hit Hope in stride for a 51-yard touchdown. Daniel Boyette, al, "James Clemens rallies, converts 2-point try in final minute to stun Vestavia Hills," 9 Nov. 2019 Key plays The Toros set the pace when Nieto, rolling out, found Jackson in stride for a 17-yard TD after a fumble recovery for a short field. Howard Schlossberg, azcentral, "Arizona high school football playoff roundup: Mountain View upsets Brophy in first round," 8 Nov. 2019 Mayde Creek took advantage of a pass interference call on third and long to set up a 46-yard strike from Jones in stride to Skinner for a 28-7 lead. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Playoff-bound Mayde Creek powers past Morton Ranch," 8 Nov. 2019 After absorbing weeks of rumors about the talks, investors took Thursday's news in stride. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "China, U.S. make progress in trade talks, raising hopes of a breakthrough," 7 Nov. 2019 Darnold came out on the very next play and found a wide-open Anderson zipping down the field and hit him in stride for a 92-yard touchdown to put the Jets up 14-3 with 3:34 left in the opening half. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Darnold throws 2 TDs in return, Jets edge Cowboys 24-22," 13 Oct. 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Stride.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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