Definition of stride noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//straɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//straɪd//
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  1. 1one long step; the distance covered by a step synonym pace1 He crossed the room in two strides. I was gaining on the other runners with every stride.
  2. 2your way of walking or running his familiar purposeful stride She did not slow her stride until she was face to face with us.
  3. 3an improvement in the way something is developing We're making great strides in the search for a cure.
  4. 4 strides [plural] (Australian English, informal) trousers/pants
  5. Word OriginOld 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’.Extra examples He matched his stride to her slower pace. In one short stride he reached the window. She’s made enormous strides in English this term. The show finally hit its stride in the second season. The team took time to get into their stride. We have made great strides in areas like employment and housing. Without breaking her stride she ducked the ball. First you’ll need to measure the length of your stride. He entered the clearing with his familiar, purposeful stride. I was gaining on the other runners with every stride. Rooney scored from 20 metres without breaking (his) stride. She lengthened her stride to try and keep up with him. She moved towards him in quick strides. She resumed her confident stride.Idioms
    get into your stride (British English) (North American English hit (your) stride)
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    to begin to do something with confidence and at a good speed after a slow, uncertain start After a nervous start, he finally got into his stride in the second set.
    put somebody off their stride
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    to make somebody take their attention off what they are doing and stop doing it so well The shouting from the back of the hall completely put me off my stride.
    (match somebody) stride for stride
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    to keep doing something as well as somebody else, even though they keep making it harder for you We’ve managed to match our closest competitors stride for stride as regards prices.
    take something in your stride (British English) (North American English take something in stride)
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    to accept and deal with something difficult without letting it worry you too much It’s going to be tough—but I’m sure you’ll take it all in your stride.
    without breaking stride
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    (especially North American English) without stopping what you are doing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stride