The noun stride means "significant progress." You might make a huge stride towards making peace with the rival school by hosting a block party and inviting their students.

The noun stride also means "a step made while running or walking." If you are bored, you can count your strides between home and the bus stop. As a verb, stride means "to walk or run by taking long steps." Elite runners stride, making it look easy. But even if you are a slow jogger, don't give up — you make great strides to improve your health when you exercise regularly.

Definitions of stride

v walk with long steps

“He strode confidently across the hall”
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v cover or traverse by taking long steps

“She strode several miles towards the woods”
Type of:
cover, cross, cut across, cut through, get across, get over, pass over, track, traverse
travel across or pass over

n a step in walking or running

pace, tread
Type of:
the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

n the distance covered by a step

footstep, pace, step
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n significant progress (especially in the phrase "make strides")

“they made big strides in productivity”
Type of:
advancement, progress
gradual improvement or growth or development

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