rid·​er | \ ˈrī-dər How to pronounce rider (audio) \

Definition of rider

1 : one that rides
2a : an addition to a document (such as an insurance policy) often attached on a separate piece of paper
b : a clause appended to a legislative bill to secure a usually distinct object
3 : something used to overlie another or to move along on another piece

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Other Words from rider

riderless \ ˈrī-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce riderless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rider in a Sentence

Watch out for bike riders while driving. She added a rider to her life insurance policy that increased her coverage. Congress added a rider to the health insurance bill.
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Recent Examples on the Web The rumors are true: Lyft and Chase are partnering up to give riders Ultimate Rewards points. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders Will Earn 10x Points on Lyft Rides," 8 Jan. 2020 The parcel, and its colorful belongings, are also visible to riders on the passing light rail trains. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Clock is ticking for Tempe 'squatter' Steve Sussex after Arizona Supreme Court refuses to take appeal," 8 Jan. 2020 One way to handle this is to give riders who recharge a scooter a discount. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "This time, for sure! Ars Technica’s 2020 Deathwatch," 2 Jan. 2020 No doubt remains that BART needs to improve rider safety. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "BART ambassadors could de-escalate situations before they become violent. Time to hire some," 25 Nov. 2019 The ride will last 10 minutes and will extend to 1,800 feet, giving riders a view of the crowd in the Miami Gardens stadium and the Miami skyline. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins adding high-flying gondola ride at Hard Rock Stadium," 22 Nov. 2019 In truth, the bikes were arguably more dangerous to the riders themselves. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019 But two license plates give riders twice the opportunity to check that the vehicle picking them up matches the license plate listed on the rideshare app, Uber and Lyft said in letters to Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ditch the front plate in Ohio? Not so fast, say Uber and Lyft," 15 Nov. 2019 Cab and Uber Tipping Etiquette Uber gives riders a chance to tip from the app. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Our Easy Tipping Etiquette Guide Tells You How Much to Tip in Every Situation," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rider

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rider was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rider.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rider. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce rider (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rider

: a person who rides something
: an official document that is attached to another document and that adds to or changes information in the original document
: an additional part added to a legislative bill



Legal Definition of rider

1 : an addition to a document (as an insurance policy) often attached on a separate piece of paper
2 : a clause or provision appended to a legislative bill to obtain a usually distinct object

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to assert without proof or before proving

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