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ride

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verb \ˈrīd\

Simple Definition of ride

  • : to sit on and control the movements of (a horse, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)

  • : to travel to a place as a passenger on or in (something that is moving, such as a bus, a train, or an elevator) ( chiefly US )

  • : to go on a mechanical ride at an amusement park or similar place

Full Definition of ride

rode play \ˈrōd\ or chiefly dial rid play \ˈrid\ rid·den play \ˈri-dən\ or chiefly dial rid or roderid·ing play \ˈrī-diŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs b :  to travel in or on a conveyance

  3. 2 :  to travel as if on a conveyance :  be borne <rode on a wave of popularity>

  4. 3 a :  to lie moored or anchored <a ship rides at anchor> b :  sail c :  to move like a floating object <the moon rode in the sky>

  5. 4 :  to become supported on a point or surface

  6. 5 a :  to travel over a surface <the car rides well> b :  to move on the body <shorts that ride up>

  7. 6 :  to continue without interference <let it ride>

  8. 7 a :  to be contingent :  depend <plans on which the future rides> b :  to become bet <a lot of money riding on the favorite>

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to travel on <ride a bike> <ride the bus> b :  to move with like a rider <ride the waves>

  11. 2 a :  to traverse by conveyance <rode 500 miles> b :  to ride a horse in <ride a race>

  12. 3 :  survive, outlast —usually used with out <rode out the gale>

  13. 4 :  to traverse on horseback to inspect or maintain <ride fence>

  14. 5 :  to mount in copulation —used of a male animal

  15. 6 a :  obsess, oppress <ridden by anxiety> b :  to harass persistently :  nag c :  tease, rib

  16. 7 :  carry, convey

  17. 8 :  to project over :  overlap

  18. 9 :  to give with (a punch) to soften the impact

  19. 10 :  to keep in partial engagement by resting a foot continuously on the pedal <ride the brakes>

ride·ableplay also rid·able \ˈrī-də-bəl\ adjective
ride circuit
  1. :  to hold court in the various towns of a judicial circuit

ride for a fall
  1. :  to court disaster

ride herd on
  1. :  to keep a check on :  supervise

ride high
  1. :  to experience success

ride shotgun
  1. :  to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle

Examples of ride

  1. She learned how to ride a horse when she was young.

  2. Most children learn to ride a bicycle at an early age.

  3. He rides his motorcycle to work every day.

  4. I never rode on a horse before.

  5. She got on her bicycle and rode away.

  6. He decided to walk to the movies instead of riding the bus.

  7. She rides the subway home from school.

  8. They rode the elevator to the second floor.

  9. We rode through the park in a horse-drawn carriage.

  10. The dog rode in the back of the truck.



Origin of ride

Middle English, from Old English rīdan; akin to Old High German rītan to ride, Middle Irish réidid he rides


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ride

noun

Simple Definition of ride

  • : a usually short journey in or on a vehicle

  • : a usually short journey on a horse or other animal

  • : a large machine at an amusement park, fair, etc., that people ride on for enjoyment

Full Definition of ride

  1. 1 :  an act of riding; especially :  a trip on horseback or by vehicle

  2. 2 :  a way (as a road or path) suitable for riding

  3. 3 :  any of various mechanical devices (as at an amusement park) for riding on

  4. 4 a :  a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him b :  something likened to such a trip <take the taxpayers for a ride>

  5. 5 :  a means of transportation

  6. 6 :  the qualities of travel comfort in a vehicle

Examples of ride

  1. We went for a ride in the country.

  2. I had my first ride in a limousine.

  3. I need a ride to work.

  4. She caught a ride with her coworker.

  5. We went on a horseback ride.

  6. The kids had a ride on a horse.

  7. They offered pony rides at the fair.

  8. The Ferris wheel is my favorite ride.

  9. We went for a ride on the roller coaster.



1759

First Known Use of ride

1759

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Ride

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biographical name \ˈrīd\

Definition of Ride

  1. Sally Kristen 1951–2012 Am. astronaut






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