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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Some local ambulance companies offer subscriptions with discounts for frequent riders, Albertson said. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "In an emergency, what will you pay for an ambulance ride?," 5 July 2018 The reworked interior remains a cozy and comfortable spot with easy-to-read gauges and readily accessible climate, navigation and infotainment controls for both front-seat riders. Malcolm Gunn, courant.com, "2018 Lexus NX," 28 June 2018 Officials say two riders fell from the front car of the Sand Blaster and dropped more than 30 feet to the ground below. CBS News, "Daytona Beach roller coaster that derailed reportedly had a spotty maintenance record," 15 June 2018 Two riders fell 34 feet when their car derailed Thursday night and was left dangling from the track. Jennifer Kay, BostonGlobe.com, "Two riders plunge 34 feet, 9 injured as roller coaster derails," 15 June 2018 Both the driver and the riders reported the incident to Uber. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "Two women get kicked out of Uber after kiss," 12 June 2018 Rail service has resumed for MARTA riders traveling between the Buckhead and North Springs stations after an accident involving a train shut down portions of the red and gold lines for nine hours overnight. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "MARTA train hits, critically injures contractor in work vehicle," 4 June 2018 The new transit option offers a stop at the Detroit Zoo for riders taking the SMART FAST Woodward express. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo, SMART partner for new Zoom to the Zoo bus service," 30 May 2018 But as developers, including Pappas, began building other apartment complexes along the Lynx Blue Line, the city struggled to explain why Scaleybark was still mostly a green field, with a parking lot for light-riders. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "After 11 years, Charlotte cuts ties with developer who didn't build low-income housing," 30 May 2018

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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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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 deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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