ride

verb
\ 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

ride

noun

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

Ride

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

Verb

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

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

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rode his 4,000th career winner at Santa Anita horse racing track in Arcadia, Calif. BostonGlobe.com, "Yankees get slugger Edwin Encarnación in trade with Mariners," 16 June 2019 The aircraft was to be towed off the airfield after passengers left the aircraft via stairs and ride buses to the terminal. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "United Airlines flight skids off runway at Newark Liberty International Airport," 15 June 2019 Onlookers cheered as lifeguards of various ages rode the waves. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach lifeguards still making waves after 90 years," 15 June 2019 This boyhood idyll, Mr. Taliaferro writes, had an indelible effect upon Grinnell, who developed a deep curiosity about the property’s flora and fauna while learning how to hunt and ride. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Grinnell’ Review: The Western Establishment," 14 June 2019 Then came the surprising midseason addition of Jordan Binnington between the pipes — and the rest is history, as the Blues got hot at the right time and rode the wave all the way to their first-ever Stanley Cup. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild GM on Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues: ‘Why can’t it be this team?’," 14 June 2019 Non-aggressive pets are welcome. Infants and pets ride free. Houston Chronicle, "Get in touch with nature in Galveston," 14 June 2019 Just a ferry-ride away from the village of Burtonport in northwest Ireland sits Arranmore Island—an island known for its history, fishing culture, beautiful landscapes, and now, its high-speed internet. Currie Engel, Time, "This Remote Irish Island Is Hoping To Lure New Residents," 14 June 2019 There were church vans and shuttles, there were park-and-ride spots in Gardendale, Trussville and Bessemer. al.com, "Southern Baptist meeting drew 12,000, biggest convention at BJCC this century," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, Booksmart highlights the importance of female friendship‚ and what that friendship can withstand—as the audience joins the girls on raucous ride through the eve of their high school graduation. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Booksmart Cast Opens Up About Porn, the Patriarchy, and the Problem of Likability," 25 May 2019 How about taking your drinkware on a magic carpet ride? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Mug Rugs Are the New Coasters, Mark My Words," 12 Mar. 2019 Lyft is partnering with a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC to give rides to local families living in food deserts. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lyft is offering $2.50 rides to grocery stores for DC residents with limited food choices," 11 Dec. 2018 In late October, Musk tweeted that the more-than-two-mile-long Hawthorne tunnel would be completed by December 10, and The Boring Company would celebrate by giving rides to the public. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "The Boring Company’s first tunnel is all dug up," 17 Nov. 2018 Waymo has been giving rides to a group of volunteer passengers in Arizona in driverless cars since last year. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in California," 31 Oct. 2018 This short-but-squirrelly road will give you a real ride. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Convertible Drives Across the U.S.," 26 July 2018 And truly whatever your feelings about Dany's character arc over the past six episodes, Clarke has done her absolute best to find the emotional truth in this wild and frequently nonsensical ride. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Have a Lot of Feelings About Daenerys Targaryen's Ending," 20 May 2019 Thomas and Ella won't have a carriage ride like Meghan or Eugenie did, but the happy couple and their guests will reportedly continue today's celebration at a reception at Frogmore House. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Every Gorgeous Photo of Lady Gabriella Windsor in Her Wedding Dress," 18 May 2019

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First Known Use of ride

Verb

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

Noun

1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ride

Verb

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

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ride

verb

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

ride

noun

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

ride

verb
\ 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

ride

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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