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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The two rivals are clamoring to give riders options for short trips within cities as scooters and bikes have become a popular option. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Lyft Follows Uber by Acquiring Bike-Sharing Startup Motivate," 2 July 2018 The seats also pivot and sway to give riders the sensation of flying through the scenarios presented on a wrap-around screen. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Man claims Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride left him with spinal injuries, sues Universal," 14 May 2018 The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is looking for additional possible victims of a Costa Mesa man who allegedly exposed himself to female bus riders on three occasions. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Authorities seek possible additional victims in indecent exposure cases," 9 July 2018 Lime was the first of the micromobility companies to give access to riders without smartphones and credit cards and has worked closely with groups including the U.S. military and college campuses. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lime’s scooters will now be integrated into the ride-hailing giant’s app.," 9 July 2018 More alleged misdemeanor offenses (61 percent) led to riders getting kicked out than felonies (31 percent) last year, records show. Ted Andersen, SFChronicle.com, "Two-thirds of people banned from BART are black — and agency isn’t asking why," 6 July 2018 Cost is, obviously, an issue here, both in terms of cost to the city and cost to riders looking for the fastest way to get to the airport. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "O’Hare May Get an Underground, High-Speed Rail to the City, Thanks to Elon Musk," 14 June 2018 BikeHouston will distribute bike lights to riders Tuesday, June 12 to make sure that everyone riding at night can be seen. Houston Chronicle, "Greater Houston athletic activities listings: June 8-10," 6 June 2018 But Duchovny also hones in on modern symbols like the 1940s Miss Subways posters, which made the ordinary spectacular by paying homage to everyday riders. Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Miss Subways,’ by David Duchovny," 31 May 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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