rid·​er | \ ˈrī-dər \

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 \ 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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Subway crime declined, riders felt safer, and the morale of the Transit Police improved. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Idea That Made America’s Cities Safer," 29 Dec. 2018 For those without their own autonomous and electric vehicle, the system would have a number of circulating public transport vehicles that riders could order at a station for a small fee. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Ars takes a first tour of the length of The Boring Company’s test tunnel," 19 Dec. 2018 This allows riders to lock the bike to a rack or signpost at the end of their trip. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 The company has yet to lose anyone, but some previous riders have injured themselves. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 This decision removes the option for those riders to switch to light rail, heading into downtown. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "What will the Highway 99 tunnel opening mean for bus routes, detours and tsunamis? We answer those questions and more," 12 Dec. 2018 With the purchase of a Peloton bike and the monthly membership, riders have access to up to 14 live classes daily. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Peloton Bike," 6 Dec. 2018 As an incentive for riders not to check Lyft or a local competitor, Uber launched a new loyalty program called Uber Rewards in nine U.S. cities. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Who will Facebook fire after a damning New York Times investigation?," 15 Nov. 2018 The Rally Edition of the Ryker has a Rally mode that supplier Bosch developed for even more side slip so that riders can drift completely sideways on a dirt road. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rider

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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