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


plural rides

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
4 : a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him Symphony shivered. He had heard in Pentonville what "going for a little ride" meant in American crook circles.— Gwyn Evans — see also take 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 Ride (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 Gotta ride it even if his defense frustrates Malone. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA roundtable: How does Jamal Murray's torn ACL affect the Nuggets' championship hopes?," 14 Apr. 2021 Horses move symmetrically, and that forces the people who ride them to move symmetrically as well. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Get healthy & stay safe: 7 socially distant ways to work out in Howard County," 12 Apr. 2021 The Tigers were determined to ride it out with their closer of the future on the mound. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers' supporting cast allowed Akil Baddoo to play hero in walk-off win," 7 Apr. 2021 Anyone purchasing a season pass at either of those resorts can ski or ride free the rest of this spring. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Vail Resorts drops Epic Pass price, reservations to lure in skiers, snowboarders for 2021-22," 24 Mar. 2021 Unite Here 362, a local that represents 9,000 Disney World custodians, ride attendants, food service workers and others, is pushing for Gov. Ron DeSantis to make all hospitality workers eligible to get the vaccine. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World union says theme park employees deserve the vaccine now," 19 Mar. 2021 In the Universal Studios backlot tour, plexiglass will be installed between the parkgoers and the drivers and ride narrators. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Disneyland and other California theme parks, reopening in just weeks, scramble to get ready," 18 Mar. 2021 And a private airstrip is a mere 10-minute boat ride away. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Here’s Your Chance to Own a Private Island Paradise in the Bahamas," 12 Mar. 2021 Paw’s Up, a luxury dude ranch in Montana, offers guests a chance to dust off their wrangling skills and ride herd on 800-pound Corriente cows. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, "The Best Bucket List Experiences To Plan For 2021 And 2022," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Grab runs a superapp in eight countries in Southeast Asia providing services including ride-hailing, food delivery and online financial services. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Grab Ahold of Grab Holdings’ $40 billion SPAC Deal," 14 Apr. 2021 Mariano said the budget includes no tax increases, nor any proposal to hike fees on ride-share trips through Uber or Lyft that lawmakers had pursued at the end of last year but were vetoed by Baker. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. House leaders unveil $47.6b spending plan that forgoes broad-based tax hikes," 14 Apr. 2021 Over the past six weeks, a Chicago man posing as a ride-share driver stole just shy of $10,000 from at least six people, according to Cook County prosecutors. Clare Proctor, chicagotribune.com, "Ride-share driver accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from passengers’ debit card and bank accounts, prosecutors say," 12 Apr. 2021 One of her tasks at the time was to help launch Uber in Hangzhou, a city of 10 million people south of Shanghai where ride-sharing was still uncommon. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, "How This Chinese Vaping Billionaire Became One Of The World’s Richest Women In Three Years," 12 Apr. 2021 As Ashish Khanna of LEK observes, ride-hailing will always struggle in outer suburbs where passengers are far less thick on the ground. The Economist, "Personal transport New means of getting from A to B are disrupting carmaking," 11 Apr. 2021 Didi officially entered the EV space late last year, unveiling an electric vehicle developed especially for ride sharing, called the D1. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "New players are piling into the world’s largest electric vehicle market—no auto experience required," 10 Apr. 2021 Awbrey and the movie’s co-directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing take time to establish a pattern of sexist harassment toward Emma: from a ride-share driver who pressures her for a tip to the way Henry seems to take her for granted. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Held’ lacks the cleverness and panache to land stinging social satire," 8 Apr. 2021 Such are the limitations of ride-alongs from a different continent. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "We Take a Virtual Ride in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Ride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ride. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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.

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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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