Definition of straddle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    straddle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they straddle
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædl//
     
    he / she / it straddles
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædlz//
     
    past simple straddled
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædld//
     
    past participle straddled
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædld//
     
    -ing form straddling
    BrE BrE//ˈstrædlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrædlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1straddle something/somebody to sit or stand with one of your legs on either side of somebody/something He swung his leg over the motorcycle, straddling it easily.
  2. 2straddle something to cross, or exist on both sides of, a river, a road or an area of land The mountains straddle the French-Swiss border.
  3. 3straddle something to exist within, or include, different periods of time, activities or groups of people a writer who straddles two cultures
  4. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: alteration of dialect striddle, back-formation from dialect striddling ‘astride’, from stride + the adverbial suffix -ling.
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