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

Synonyms for ride

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ride in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun 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 In a notice published last week, China’s Ministry of Transport warned taxi and ride-hailing companies to take greater care in protecting user privacy when transferring data to the National Health Commission. Liza Lin, WSJ, "China Marshals Its Surveillance Powers Against Coronavirus," 4 Feb. 2020 Victory laps will be ridden by people who deserve, and maybe slightly-less-than-deserve, the credit. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Market Street is car-free: A salute to the people who started this fight," 29 Jan. 2020 Again, ride-hailing’s absence may be a contributor. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "The last major city in North America without Uber is about to get Uber," 24 Jan. 2020 These key districts are pretty close to each other, and are best navigated by taxi—the city’s subway system isn’t slated to open until 2021—or better yet, Grab, Southeast Asia’s favorite ride-hailing app. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ho Chi Minh City: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play," 24 Dec. 2019 The group believes the same regulations should apply to ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. CBS News, "Many taxi companies in U.S. aren't required to fix cabs after safety recalls," 23 Dec. 2019 Then the Tigers rode a 9-0 run to take a 16-8 lead and didn’t look back for the rest of the half. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas drops third-straight game despite overcoming LSU’s 16-point lead," 25 Jan. 2020 Our 3745-pound test car rode on optional 19-inch wheels and Pirelli P7 run-flat tires, sized P225/45R-19, although 18s are standard and likely would help with the JCW's ride comfort. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Mini's Countryman JCW SUV Finally Feels Special," 21 Jan. 2020 Actors got to ride zip-lines, play in a giant mud pit, and rock climb. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Go Behind the Scenes of Zombies 2's Catchiest Song," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The only remaining principal from his 2019 ride at Roush Fenway Racing is crew chief Brian Pattie. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kroger to lead the field to the green flag at the 2020 Daytona 500," 10 Feb. 2020 Uber noted this week that its rides have become more expensive and wait times have increased since the law began. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Labor’s Payoff Day," 9 Feb. 2020 Coming along for the ride will be support acts A Day to Remember, Underoath and Code Orange. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Slipknot Announce Knotfest Roadshow 2020 Lineup With A Day to Remember, Underoath: See Dates," 4 Feb. 2020 Before the awards ceremony, Mrs. Parks sat down to talk once again about her famous bus ride. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "‘We both paid the same fare’: How Rosa Parks viewed her iconic Alabama bus stance 27 years later," 4 Feb. 2020 Overall, the whole ride of my national daily syndication has been pretty smooth. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Is your Uber driver going to start charging you more?," 23 Jan. 2020 The ride is best compared to a small car or airplane, with no room to stand, no room to lie down, and no bathroom. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Mini-Sub Is Like a Commuter Bus for Navy SEAL Commandos," 22 Jan. 2020 The ride is smooth and powerful, the steering responsive. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Entry-level GLC 300 true Mercedes luxury," 10 Jan. 2020 Aside from watching little tykes get tossed — the longest ride was 15 yards — there’s no better entertainment than seeing a pair of shepherds go sideline to sideline while herding wayward sheep. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Raiders," 29 Dec. 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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The first known use of ride was before the 12th century

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ride. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce Ride (audio)

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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