Definition of stride in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /strʌɪd/

verb (past strode /strəʊd/; past participle stridden /ˈstrɪd(ə)n/)

1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction: he strode across the road figurative we are striding confidently towards the future
More example sentences
  • Will just gave me a look of such utter wrath and betrayal that I took an involuntary step backwards as he strode towards me.
  • I turned to find Mrs. Abernathy striding down the steps toward us, looking and sounding harassed and more than a little stressed.
  • I strode confidently towards it, until I realised that my steep drive now resembled an ice rink.
march, stalk, pace, tread, step, walk
1.1 [with object] Walk about or along (a street or other place) with long, decisive steps: a woman striding the cobbled streets
More example sentences
  • Down the main street of Cowdenbeath strides Major Bob Ritchie of the Black Watch, an icy wind pulling at the red hackle on his bonnet.
  • In bright sunshine yesterday, the relaxed minister strode the fairways with thoughts of politics far from his mind.
  • Throughout all Strauss continued to display magnificent form, and Flintoff strode the various arenas like a colossus.
2 [no object] (stride across/over) Cross (an obstacle) with one long step.
Example sentences
  • It was Chris, striding across the lawns towards the canteen, something in his step suggesting a conquering general returning home in triumph.
  • A man in a flight suit strides over to the closest patient, the black Christian cross badge on his tan uniform indicating his role among the aircrew.
  • This week, however, Severin strode across an even more telling dividing line.
2.1 [with object] literary Bestride: new wealth enabled Britain to stride the world once more
More example sentences
  • At nearly 200 feet, the building is a colossus which strides the entire block between West Nile Street and Renfield Street.
  • Sure, as a nation we don't stride the world like giants any more.
  • Fifty years later, he strode the scene with his heady compositions.


1A long, decisive step: he crossed the room in a couple of strides
More example sentences
  • Then with a couple of strides of that long gait of his, he had made room in behind McKenna and had only one thing in mind.
  • Consider him: at slow or fast-medium, his approach never varied; two short walking paces, six running strides and a four-foot leap.
  • He said nothing, and turned back to continue his stride down the sidewalk.
step, long step, large step, pace, footstep
1.1 [in singular] The length of a step or manner of taking steps in walking or running: the horse shortened its stride he followed her with an easy stride
More example sentences
  • He did not run, but he walked with a distance-eating stride.
  • Stand with your feet together and step forward with your right, about a long stride's length in front of your left.
  • So I showed them how I walked with the bent-kneed stride of the cattle herder, how I leaned on my staff while talking with my gaze far away as if in search of a straying cow.
2 (usually strides) A step or stage in progress towards an aim: great strides have been made towards equality
More example sentences
  • Even as the country takes great strides towards progress and the living standards of the urban elite improve, the society slips backwards.
  • Within the next five years, with energetic political representation, nationalists will make major strides towards real equality in this state.
  • Ultimately, I believe both nations must make strides towards the middle.
make progress, make headway, gain ground, progress, advance, proceed, move, get on, get ahead, come on, come along, shape up, take shape, move forward in leaps and bounds
informal be getting there
2.1 (one's stride) A good or regular rate of progress, especially after a slow or hesitant start: the speaker was getting into his stride
More example sentences
  • Edwards really seemed to have hit his stride and was right on the mark, whether talking about his background, or addressing issues of concern.
  • Morris hit his stride several years later as a member of the Pennsylvania delegation to the Constitutional Convention.
  • You know, I think we all like to think that we haven't hit our stride yet.
3 (strides) British informal Trousers.
Example sentences
  • Otherwise he is all red and black - red shirt, black strides, black jacket with rhinestone trim, and an astonishing pair of lace-ups in red crocodile skin.
  • He is often admired for his tasteful shirts, cool strides and groovy haircuts.
  • The manic shoppers in search of baby-soft cashmere or cool leather strides range from gamine model types to balding businessmen and sleek middle-aged ladies.
4 [as modifier] Denoting or relating to a rhythmic style of jazz piano playing in which the left hand alternately plays single bass notes on the downbeat and chords an octave higher on the upbeat: he’s a noted stride pianist
More example sentences
  • Here was stride piano playing of the magnificent variety!
  • Moran intersperses breathtaking flights of improvisation with vamps, ostinatos, and stride techniques.
  • James P. Johnson was the prime innovator of stride piano. He embellished basic ragtime syncopation, beginning with a general increase in tempo.



break (one's) stride

Slow or interrupt the pace at which one walks or moves: Davis scored from 20 yards without breaking stride
More example sentences
  • The smuggler walked right past them through the gate and never broke his stride.
  • If I broke my stride, I wasn't sure I'd get it back.
  • He quickly demolished most of the pie, then chucked the remains and the paper bag it had been in on the pavement, without breaking his stride.

match someone stride for stride

Manage to keep up with a competitor: bargain basement Newry matched their high price rivals stride for stride
More example sentences
  • However, it might not be too long before City are not just clinging to the coattails of their Premiership neighbours but matching them stride for stride - if only in the fitness stakes.
  • He matches you stride for stride, and he is running very well right now.
  • Playing with the breeze, Glenmanor matched Drumlea stride for stride in the first-half, after which the sides were on level terms.

take something in one's stride (US also take something in stride)

Deal with something difficult or unpleasant in a calm and accepting way: I told her what had happened and she took it all in her stride
More example sentences
  • Fortunately she did not find the IVF regime too unpleasant and took the process in her stride.
  • So, although the outcome of this war is not in doubt, we may have to take some unpleasant surprises in our stride.
  • I know never to expect anything from the criminal justice system, so you are trying to be calm and take it in your stride.
deal with easily, cope with easily, think nothing of, accept as quite usual/normal, not bat an eyelid



Example sentences
  • I often stick on a music DVD when using the strider.
  • When fully grown, these insects all have long, elegant wings (which many other species of striders lack) yet keep them stowed on their backs, as if too precious or impractical for everyday use.
  • Diagonal striders need not be left out of the fun either.


Old English stride (noun) 'single long step', strīdan (verb) 'stand or walk with the legs wide apart', probably from a Germanic base meaning 'strive, quarrel'; related to Dutch strijden 'fight' and German streiten 'quarrel'.

Words that rhyme with stride

abide, applied, aside, astride, backslide, beside, bestride, betide, bide, bride, chide, Clyde, cockeyed, coincide, collide, confide, cried, decide, divide, dried, elide, five-a-side, glide, guide, hide, hollow-eyed, I'd, implied, lied, misguide, nationwide, nide, offside, onside, outride, outside, pan-fried, pied, pie-eyed, pitch-side, popeyed, pride, provide, ride, Said, shied, side, slide, sloe-eyed, snide, square-eyed, starry-eyed, statewide, Strathclyde, subdivide, subside, tide, tried, undyed, wall-eyed, wide, worldwide

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: stride

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.