\ ˈrīd How to pronounce ride (audio) \
rode\ ˈrōd How to pronounce rode (audio) \ or chiefly dialectal rid\ ˈrid How to pronounce rid (audio) \; ridden\ ˈri-​dᵊn How to pronounce ridden (audio) \ or chiefly dialectal rid or rode; riding\ ˈrī-​diŋ How to pronounce riding (audio) \

Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs
b : to travel in or on a conveyance
2 : to travel as if on a conveyance : be borne rode on a wave of popularity
3a : 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
4 : to become supported on a point or surface
5a : to travel over a surface the car rides well
b : to move on the body shorts that ride up
6 : to continue without interference let it ride
7a : to be contingent : depend plans on which the future rides
b : to become bet a lot of money riding on the favorite

transitive verb

1a : to travel on ride a bike ride the bus
b : to move with like a rider ride the waves
2a : to traverse by conveyance rode 500 miles
b : to ride a horse in ride a race
3 : survive, outlast usually used with out rode out the gale
4 : to traverse on horseback to inspect or maintain ride fence
5 : to mount in copulation used of a male animal
6a : obsess, oppress ridden by anxiety
b : to harass persistently : nag
c : tease, rib
7 : carry, convey
8 : to project over : overlap
9 : to give with (a punch) to soften the impact
10 : to keep in partial engagement by resting a foot continuously on the pedal ride the brakes
ride circuit
: to hold court in the various towns of a judicial circuit
ride for a fall
: to court disaster
ride herd on
: to keep a check on : supervise
ride high
: to experience success
ride shotgun
: to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle



Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an act of riding especially : a trip on horseback or by vehicle
2 : a way (such as a road or path) suitable for riding
3 : any of various mechanical devices (as at an amusement park) for riding on
4a : 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 : a means of transportation especially, informal : one's personal vehicle … buying himself a 1964 Buick Riviera and then posing with his new ride on the studio's backlot. — Andrew Liszewski
6 : the qualities of travel comfort in a vehicle


biographical name
\ ˈrīd How to pronounce Ride (audio) \

Definition of Ride (Entry 3 of 3)

Sally Kristen 1951–2012 American astronaut

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Other Words from ride


rideable or less commonly ridable \ ˈrī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ridable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ride

Synonyms: Verb

bait, hassle, haze, heckle, needle, taunt, tease

Synonyms: Noun

lift, transportation

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Examples of ride in a Sentence


She learned how to ride a horse when she was young. Most children learn to ride a bicycle at an early age. He rides his motorcycle to work every day. I never rode on a horse before. She got on her bicycle and rode away. He decided to walk to the movies instead of riding the bus. She rides the subway home from school. They rode the elevator to the second floor. We rode through the park in a horse-drawn carriage. The dog rode in the back of the truck.


We went for a ride in the country. I had my first ride in a limousine. I need a ride to work. She caught a ride with her coworker. We went on a horseback ride. The kids had a ride on a horse. They offered pony rides at the fair. The Ferris wheel is my favorite ride. We went for a ride on the roller coaster.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jason Albury rode on board to navigate them to the minister's house and help with the rescue. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Jet skiers saved 100 people trapped in flooded homes in the Bahamas," 7 Sep. 2019 While officers spoke with the victim, Dryden allegedly rode his bike through the front doors of the store with a duffel bag. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Man accused of riding bike into Martinez Home Depot with shotgun pleads not guilty," 5 Sep. 2019 But just four years later, the city’s first director of Parks and Recreation, Bill Calhoun, added what would become the star of the park: a realistic, miniature train families could ride through the park. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Antique kiddie train has charmed Alabamians since 1955," 5 Sep. 2019 When Elizabeth Taylor visited Chicago for a movie premiere, Stratton rode in the motorcade. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Gracious. Proper. Proud to serve. Goodbye to Shirley Stratton, former first lady of Illinois," 4 Sep. 2019 But a group of employees rode the hurricane out on the island, causing Disney to catch flack from family members of the crew who argued the line should not have allowed them to stay on Castaway through the storm. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "After Hurricane Dorian, cruise lines’ private islands in the Bahamas suffer limited damage," 3 Sep. 2019 Rocco rode the outside of DiMatteo for laps 36 and 37. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Rocco hangs on for Whelan win at Stafford despite bumpy finish," 31 Aug. 2019 The Red Devils offense rode that momentum to score three more times while the defense forced two turnovers and had four sacks to stifle Fallbrook. Luke Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Strong second half leads Sweetwater past Fallbrook," 30 Aug. 2019 The answer could ride on how Charles Schwab & Co. fares with its pilot project, Schwab Intelligent Portfolios Premium. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Schwab Bets That Investors Will ‘Binge’ on Advice With Netflix-like Subscription Service," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

John Kikol, who organized the first September 11 memorial ride, is once again the man who keeps alive the memory of those nearly 3,000 people who died in New York city, Washington, D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "Brook Park 3/25 Marines, hundreds of motorcyclists commemorate September 11 victims," 9 Sep. 2019 Can the Cubs hang on or will the pressure to win suffocate their opportunity for one last ride? Matt Martell, SI.com, "Which Wild-Card Contenders Are Facing the Most Pressure?," 9 Sep. 2019 Dividing resources between both its rides area and the water park limited the number of man-hours and dollars that could be invested in either area. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Coney Island to shut down all amusement park rides," 9 Sep. 2019 That 1,300-foot ride was serene, with 360-degree views of the valley. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast adventure: Zipline tandem, rip through sand dunes," 8 Sep. 2019 Prediction Broncos 23, Raiders 20 There has been a roller coaster ride for betting odds on this one, mostly due to the ongoing saga of Antonio Brown. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 7 Sep. 2019 Amazon is working with Audi, Toyota, Ford, and others to include Alexa into dozens of models, and its aftermarket Echo Auto does the same for older rides. Wired, "GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google," 7 Sep. 2019 And some transportation advocates argue that rather than subsidizing Uber and Lyft rides, transit agencies should increase late-night bus or shuttle service. Washington Post, "When it comes to public transportation, late-shift workers often get left behind," 7 Sep. 2019 Despite the standard electronic damping system, the ride quality is not as svelte as expected. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 VW Arteon: a cure for the common sedan," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ride


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ride


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

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English Language Learners Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually short journey in or on a vehicle
: a usually short journey on a horse or other animal
used to describe what the experience of riding in a car or other vehicle is like usually singular often used figuratively


\ ˈrīd How to pronounce ride (audio) \
rode\ ˈrōd \; ridden\ ˈri-​dᵊn \; riding\ ˈrī-​diŋ \

Kids Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to travel or move by sitting or standing on or in I ride the bus.
2 : to sit on and control so as to be carried along I learned to ride a bicycle.
3 : to be supported or carried on Surfers rode the waves.
4 : to travel over a surface The car rides well.
5 : to endure without great harm or damage We'll ride out the storm.
6 : depend sense 2 Our hopes are riding on you.

Other Words from ride

rider \ ˈrī-​dər \ noun



Kids Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a trip on horseback or by vehicle
2 : a mechanical device (as a merry-go-round) that moves around while people sit or stand on it for entertainment
3 : a way of getting from one place to another She needs a ride to school.

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