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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Late last month, an appropriations subcommittee had removed the rider, which has been part of the spending bill that funds FDA for the past 4 years. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Update: House spending panel restores U.S. ban on gene-edited babies," 4 June 2019 The parade would have included approximately 20 floats, 800 riders, plus bands and dancers, which would have taken a downtown route from the Marigny to the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. Doug Maccash, nola.com, "Mayor Cantrell won’t permit Nyx summertime Mardi Gras parade," 3 June 2019 But the industry change is also motivated by a larger decline—the reversal of which will require new riders—and inclusion in a transportation infrastructure that seems to be pushing toward shared vehicle ownership and driver assistance. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Triumph Is Also Building an Electric Motorcycle," 16 May 2019 Uber already gave in to mounting political pressure to allow riders, drivers and employees to take such matters to court. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Google’s giant employee walkouts are one of the strongest showings of tech worker activism yet," 1 Nov. 2018 These announcements demonstrate how Uber—which revolutionized the transportation landscape for riders, planners, and city leaders—is now paying catch-up with the micromobility revolution kickstarted by companies such as Bird and Lime. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, riders, many of whom had been drinking at the game, got more and more agitated. Fox News, "Red Sox fan electrocuted after trying to train surf from Yankee Stadium," 21 Sep. 2018 LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow of Britain will be the third rider on the front row. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "Marquez again wins pole position at MotoGP in Austin," 13 Apr. 2019 But on October 11th, the vehicle suffered a catastrophic anomaly with two riders on board — NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Three astronauts will launch to space on Monday — two months after botched flight," 2 Dec. 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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