ride

verb
\ ˈrīd \
rode\ ˈrōd \ or chiefly dialectal rid\ ˈrid \; ridden\ ˈri-​dᵊn \ or chiefly dialectal rid or rode; riding\ ˈrī-​diŋ \

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 \

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 \ 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

For those ready to ride without assistance, there's a deep system of combos, assists, and resets that will take you much further than the auto tools, rewarding your efforts and training. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 He and crew members Jim Lovell and Bill Anders would be the first humans to ride the Saturn V rocket. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Polo is trickier: Suiting up to ride a horse while swinging an enormously heavy mallet is a bit more complicated, which is why lessons are offered at spots like Apes Hill Club, Lion Castle Polo Estate, or the Barbados Polo Club. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Then, there's more drama in the Reagan household when Frank (Tom Selleck) and Jamie argue about whether or not Jamie can continue to ride with his partner—and now fiancee—Eddie. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at the New Season of 'Blue Bloods'," 31 Aug. 2018 The cost to ride is $5 for one-way and $8 for round-trip, with monthly passes available. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Ferry christened: Casino tries Lady Luck to boost business," 12 July 2018 Look no further than President Trump, who rode the success of his reality TV show all the way to the White House. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of Gary Hart's Presidential Campaign Scandal in The Front Runner," 8 Nov. 2018 The Verge interviewed ten high schoolers, including seven who had ridden underage, to get a better sense of the growing trend. Will Kubzansky, The Verge, "The secret life of teen scooter outlaws," 23 Sep. 2018 But, also be prepared for a lesson about how corrupt and scam-ridden the cryptocurrency world has become. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the ranch's best delights is a morning ride to breakfast. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Do Winter Glamping Right (Among Saguaros in Arizona)," 8 Jan. 2019 Colton Underwood's search for love is bound to be a wild ride. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season Premiere Recap: Did You Know Colton's a Virgin?," 7 Jan. 2019 There’s an overwhelming sense of dread and suspense lurking in the trailer, which means that season three is basically guaranteed to be a wild ride. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Returns to Hulu's "T@gged" In Creepy New Season 3 Trailer," 29 Nov. 2018 So buckle up, darling bull, because October is going to be a wild ride. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's October 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Sep. 2018 The light-rail station in Beacon Hill is a six-minute bike ride from my house. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018 Then, in college, my first jet travel was literally a bumpy ride with major turbulence during most of the flight to Dallas for a sorority convention. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The magic and horror of air travel," 12 July 2018 Watching Treinen throughout the years has been a wild ride for Czyz. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Former mentor thrilled to see Kansan Blake Treinen make MLB All-Star roster," 11 July 2018 New this year is a moonlit wagon ride with a campfire. Courant Community, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 10 July 2018

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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) ( chiefly US )

: 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

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

ride

verb
\ ˈrīd \
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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