- 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.
- 2your way of walking or running his familiar purposeful stride She did not slow her stride until she was face to face with us.
- 3an improvement in the way something is developing We're making great strides in the search for a cure.
- 4 strides [plural] (Australian English, informal) trousers/pants Word Origin Old English stride (noun) ‘single long step’, strīdan (verb) ‘stand or walk with the legs wide apart’, probably from a Germanic base meaning
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. 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. 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.
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. (especially North American English) without stopping what you are doing