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be·stride

 (bĭ-strīd′)
tr.v. be·strode (-strōd′), be·strid·den (-strĭd′n), be·strid·ing, be·strides
1. To sit or stand on with the legs astride; straddle.
2. To dominate by position; tower over: "Hitler's ghost, the specter that ... bestrides mid-twentieth-century history" (Economist).
3. Archaic To step or stride across.

[Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be-, be- + strīdan, to mount a horse; see stride.]

bestride

(bɪˈstraɪd)
vb (tr) , -strides, -striding or -strode, archaic -strid, -stridden or archaic -strid
1. to have or put a leg on either side of
2. to extend across; span
3. to stride over or across

be•stride

(bɪˈstraɪd)

v.t. -strode -strid, -strid•den -strid, -strid•ing.
1. to get or be astride of; straddle.
2. to tower over; dominate.
3. to step over with long strides.
[before 1000]

bestride


Past participle: bestrode
Gerund: bestriding

Imperative
bestride
bestride
Present
I bestride
you bestride
he/she/it bestrides
we bestride
you bestride
they bestride
Preterite
I bestrode
you bestrode
he/she/it bestrode
we bestrode
you bestrode
they bestrode
Present Continuous
I am bestriding
you are bestriding
he/she/it is bestriding
we are bestriding
you are bestriding
they are bestriding
Present Perfect
I have bestrode
you have bestrode
he/she/it has bestrode
we have bestrode
you have bestrode
they have bestrode
Past Continuous
I was bestriding
you were bestriding
he/she/it was bestriding
we were bestriding
you were bestriding
they were bestriding
Past Perfect
I had bestrode
you had bestrode
he/she/it had bestrode
we had bestrode
you had bestrode
they had bestrode
Future
I will bestride
you will bestride
he/she/it will bestride
we will bestride
you will bestride
they will bestride
Future Perfect
I will have bestrode
you will have bestrode
he/she/it will have bestrode
we will have bestrode
you will have bestrode
they will have bestrode
Future Continuous
I will be bestriding
you will be bestriding
he/she/it will be bestriding
we will be bestriding
you will be bestriding
they will be bestriding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bestriding
you have been bestriding
he/she/it has been bestriding
we have been bestriding
you have been bestriding
they have been bestriding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bestriding
you will have been bestriding
he/she/it will have been bestriding
we will have been bestriding
you will have been bestriding
they will have been bestriding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bestriding
you had been bestriding
he/she/it had been bestriding
we had been bestriding
you had been bestriding
they had been bestriding
Conditional
I would bestride
you would bestride
he/she/it would bestride
we would bestride
you would bestride
they would bestride
Past Conditional
I would have bestrode
you would have bestrode
he/she/it would have bestrode
we would have bestrode
you would have bestrode
they would have bestrode
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bestride - get up on the back ofbestride - get up on the back of; "mount a horse"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
remount - mount again; "he remounted his horse"

bestride

verb
To sit or stand with a leg on each side of:
Translations

bestride

[bɪˈstraɪd] (bestrode (pt) (bestridden (pp))) VT [+ horse] → montar a horcajadas; [+ stream etc] → cruzar de un tranco (fig) → dominar

bestride

pret <bestrode or bestrid> ptp <bestridden>
vt (= sit astride)rittlings sitzen auf (+dat); (= stand astride)(mit gespreizten Beinen) stehen über (+dat); (= mount)sich schwingen auf (+acc); (fig: = dominate) → beherrschen; to bestride the world like a Colossusdie Welt beherrschen
References in classic literature ?
He was preceded by a bodyguard of gentlemen on horseback in showy uniforms, his carriage-horses (there appeared to be somewhere in the remote neighborhood of a thousand of them,) were bestridden by gallant-looking fellows, also in stylish uniforms, and after the carriage followed another detachment of bodyguards.