\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



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
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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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for ride

Synonyms: Verb

drift, float, glide, hang, hover, poise, sail, swim, waft

Synonyms: Noun

lift, transportation

Antonyms: Verb

settle, sink

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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

Rover cannot ride free — reservations are required and a surcharge of $25, or 800 Amtrak Guest Reward points, is assessed for travel each way. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Pets now allowed on all Amtrak Midwest routes," 13 July 2018 Libyan forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar ride a pickup truck at the Zueitina oil terminal in Zueitina, Libya, in 2016. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Oil Tumbles on Libya’s Returning Supply," 11 July 2018 The length of Harper’s next contract may ride heavily on these final 73 games for Washington. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Uncaged Dockless scooters are ridden standing up, and can be rented by anyone with a smartphone by downloading an app. NBC News, "The next Uber? Scooter startups flood U.S. cities as funding pours in," 9 July 2018 For example, a far-North Side resident might ride a VIA Metropolitan Transit express bus from a Stone Oak Park & Ride facility to downtown for work. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "As e-scooters flow into SA, officials scramble to regulate, but not too much," 6 July 2018 On July 15, cyclists will ride through 15 cobbled paths from Arras to Roubaix, alongside the Belgian border. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 Next week, Odin will ride in a police car and also head over to Newark, New Jersey, to visit firemen. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Woman creates "bucket list" for terminally ill St. Bernard," 5 July 2018 In fact, because of tidal conditions forecast for Le Grand Départ this year, the cyclists will not ride across the slippery Gois, but instead cross the bridge built in 1971. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The canyon is accessible only by foot, helicopter or mule ride. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Arizona floods force hundreds of tourists to evacuate, reschedule trip to famous tribal land," 14 July 2018 Think of it as a full-body scan using a mirror to look all over yourself for any ticks that hitched a ride home with you. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Therapeutic Horseback Riding Public invited to grand opening, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Features $5 pony rides and free admission to petting farm. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 For his robust effort, Khalifa nabbed several familiar faces such as Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg and Curren$y for the hour-plus ride. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Wiz Khalifa Returns With His 25-Track Album 'Rolling Papers 2' Featuring Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ign & More," 13 July 2018 Differences in the details The Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 provide a comfortable ride and secure handling on a variety of road surfaces. Carlos Lago, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Which luxury SUV has the edge?," 13 July 2018 The two shared a clear bond over horses: the Queen took him on a ride through the Windsor Castle grounds, and Reagan later reciprocated with a trip to his ranch in Santa Barbara. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 One of its founders, Magnus Olsen, took Inspire Middle East on an exciting car ride and told us more about the thrills and challenges of running a business with the middle eastern upstart philosophy. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business," 12 July 2018 Uber is locked in a battle with its main rival, Lyft, as ride hailing apps continue to take market share from the taxi industry. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Uber and Uber Eats to Accept Venmo for Payments," 12 July 2018

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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) ( chiefly US )

: 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

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


\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



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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