[ bih-strahyd ]
/ bɪˈstraɪd /

verb (used with object), be·strode or be·strid, be·strid·den or be·strid, be·strid·ing.

to get or be astride of; have or place the legs on both sides of.
to step over or across with long strides.
to stand or tower over; dominate.

Nearby words

  1. bestir,
  2. bestow,
  3. bestowal,
  4. bestraddle,
  5. bestrew,
  6. bestrow,
  7. bestseller,
  8. bestud,
  9. bet,
  10. bet on the wrong horse

Origin of bestride

before 1000; Middle English bestriden, Old English bestrīdan. See be-, stride Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bestride


/ (bɪˈstraɪd) /

verb -strides, -striding or -strode or archaic -strid, -stridden or archaic -strid (tr)

to have or put a leg on either side of
to extend across; span
to stride over or across
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Word Origin and History for bestride



Old English bestridan "to bestride, mount," from be- + stridan "to stride" (see stride). Cf. Middle Dutch bestryden.

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