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

Attendance among middle-school students who were eligible to ride the buses rose by 27 percent, Assistant Director of Transportation Walt Doughty said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora busing likely boosted middle school attendance, district says," 6 July 2018 The result, according to Specialized, is a bike that’s lighter, stiffer, more aerodynamic, and more pleasant to ride than its predecessor. Fortune, "Want a Bike Fit for the Tour de France? It Will Cost You About $12,000," 6 July 2018 In addition to the parking garage fees, tickets to ride Brightline cost at least $15 for an individual ticket. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brightline's garages start charging customers to park," 3 July 2018 Rather than be reliant on the unpredictability of swells and tides, surfers like John John Florence (who has won the last two world titles), Stephanie Gilmore and Gabriel Medina, have gathered to ride the perfect wave on demand. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Maesotoso is one of those Lipizzans who was born to ride solo. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "'It's a labor of love': Tempel Farms celebrates 60 years of raising and training Lipizzans," 15 June 2018 TriMet will chip in $1 million next school year to pay for thousands of east Multnomah County high schoolers to ride public transit. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "TriMet kicks in funding to give east county students bus passes," 11 June 2018 That is even more than the total of another big-spending startup, ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. ... Eliot Brown, WSJ, "WeWork Spends a Lot of Cash. An IPO Could Help Keep Up the Flow," 30 Apr. 2019 The first is an R2-D2-style AI that would ride in a manned fighter as a co-pilot. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force's New AI Is Like R2-D2 for Fighter Jets," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 That’s, in part, because the Minutemen’s ride from obscurity to the national spotlight isn’t over. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver," 12 Apr. 2019 These were mostly for rides, but there was one food item that was deemed important enough to be included in the app: Dole Whip. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Dole Is Releasing a New Smoothie Bowl That Tastes Just Like Dole Whip," 19 Apr. 2019 Uber relies on a combination of third-party insurance and self-insurance to protect its business, particularly against the automotive, driver and passenger risks related to its ride-sharing business. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Uber’s $2.94 Billion Insurance Unit Illuminates Challenge of Disruptive Businesses," 11 Apr. 2019 Along with Lyft, the company has been shown to exacerbate traffic congestion in a lot of major cities, undercutting its central argument that ride-sharing can help drive down vehicle ownership. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 Before May 2017, Uber Eats was included in Uber ride-sharing transactions, so Uber's share should be slightly lower. Rani Molla, Recode, "Lyft has eaten into Uber’s U.S. market share, new data suggests," 12 Dec. 2018 Scooters have become all the rage in Southern California since an affordable ride-sharing system came about last year. Frank Miles, Fox News, "LA's newest category of crime: 1st conviction for 'scooting' under the influence," 28 Sep. 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)
: 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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