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ride

verb \ ˈrīd \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of ride

rode play \ˈrōd\ or chiefly dialectal rid play \ˈrid\; ridden play \ˈri-dᵊn\ or chiefly dialectal rid or rode; riding play \ˈrī-diŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :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
3 a :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
5 a :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
7 a :to be contingent :depend
  • plans on which the future rides
b :to become bet
  • a lot of money riding on the favorite
transitive verb
1 a :to travel on
  • ride a bike
  • ride the bus
b :to move with like a rider
  • ride the waves
2 a :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
6 a :obsess, oppress
  • ridden by anxiety
b :to harass persistently :nag
c :tease, rib
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

rideable

or less commonly ridable play \ˈrī-də-bəl\ adjective
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

Examples of ride in a Sentence

  1. She learned how to ride a horse when she was young.

  2. Most children learn to ride a bicycle at an early age.

  3. He rides his motorcycle to work every day.

  4. I never rode on a horse before.

  5. She got on her bicycle and rode away.

  6. He decided to walk to the movies instead of riding the bus.

  7. She rides the subway home from school.

  8. They rode the elevator to the second floor.

  9. We rode through the park in a horse-drawn carriage.

  10. The dog rode in the back of the truck.

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Origin and Etymology of ride

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


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ride

noun

Definition of ride

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 :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; especiallyinformal :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

Examples of ride in a Sentence

  1. We went for a ride in the country.

  2. I had my first ride in a limousine.

  3. I need a ride to work.

  4. She caught a ride with her coworker.

  5. We went on a horseback ride.

  6. The kids had a ride on a horse.

  7. They offered pony rides at the fair.

  8. The Ferris wheel is my favorite ride.

  9. We went for a ride on the roller coaster.

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First Known Use of ride

1708

ride Synonyms

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Ride

biographical name \ ˈrīd \

Definition of Ride

Sally Kristen 1951–2012 American astronaut

RIDE Defined for English Language Learners

ride

verb

Definition of ride for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of ride for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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ride

verb \ ˈrīd \

Definition of ride for Students

rode \ˈrōd\; ridden \ˈri-dᵊn\; riding \ˈrī-diŋ\
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 2
  • Our hopes are riding on you.

rider

\ˈrī-dər\ noun

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ride

noun

Definition of ride for Students

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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