\ ˈrīd How to pronounce ride (audio) \
rode\ ˈrōd How to pronounce ride (audio) \ or chiefly dialectal rid\ ˈrid How to pronounce ride (audio) \; ridden\ ˈri-​dᵊn How to pronounce ride (audio) \ or chiefly dialectal rid or rode; riding\ ˈrī-​diŋ How to pronounce ride (audio) \

Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs
b : to travel in or on a conveyance
2 : to travel as if on a conveyance : be borne rode on a wave of popularity
3a : to lie moored or anchored a ship rides at anchor
b : sail
c : to move like a floating object the moon rode in the sky
4 : to become supported on a point or surface
5a : to travel over a surface the car rides well
b : to move on the body shorts that ride up
6 : to continue without interference let it ride
7a : to be contingent : depend plans on which the future rides
b : to become bet a lot of money riding on the favorite

transitive verb

1a : to travel on ride a bike ride the bus
b : to move with like a rider ride the waves
2a : to traverse by conveyance rode 500 miles
b : to ride a horse in ride a race
3 : survive, outlast usually used with out rode out the gale
4 : to traverse on horseback to inspect or maintain ride fence
5 : to mount in copulation used of a male animal
6a : obsess, oppress ridden by anxiety
b : to harass persistently : nag
c : tease, rib
7 : carry, convey
8 : to project over : overlap
9 : to give with (a punch) to soften the impact
10 : to keep in partial engagement by resting a foot continuously on the pedal ride the brakes
ride circuit
: to hold court in the various towns of a judicial circuit
ride for a fall
: to court disaster
ride herd on
: to keep a check on : supervise
ride high
: to experience success
ride shotgun
: to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle


plural rides

Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of riding especially : a trip on horseback or by vehicle
2 : a way (such as a road or path) suitable for riding
3 : any of various mechanical devices (as at an amusement park) for riding on
4 : a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him Symphony shivered. He had heard in Pentonville what "going for a little ride" meant in American crook circles.— Gwyn Evans — see also take for a ride
5 : a means of transportation especially, informal : one's personal vehicle … buying himself a 1964 Buick Riviera and then posing with his new ride on the studio's backlot. — Andrew Liszewski
6 : the qualities of travel comfort in a vehicle

Other Words from ride


rideable or less commonly ridable \ ˈrī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ride (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ride

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ride in a Sentence

Verb She learned how to ride a horse when she was young. Most children learn to ride a bicycle at an early age. He rides his motorcycle to work every day. I never rode on a horse before. She got on her bicycle and rode away. He decided to walk to the movies instead of riding the bus. She rides the subway home from school. They rode the elevator to the second floor. We rode through the park in a horse-drawn carriage. The dog rode in the back of the truck. Noun We went for a ride in the country. I had my first ride in a limousine. I need a ride to work. She caught a ride with her coworker. We went on a horseback ride. The kids had a ride on a horse. They offered pony rides at the fair. The Ferris wheel is my favorite ride. We went for a ride on the roller coaster. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stores at that higher price point have been able to ride out inflation far better. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 28 May 2022 This happens periodically in financial markets, yet those very markets tend to produce wealth for people who are able to ride out this turbulence. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Post-treatment, Klock was able to ride a real glass elevator to the restaurant atop Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza, rather than trudging up 72 flights of stairs. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 May 2022 Because of this sudden rule change, people are going to be flying in from other states expecting to be able to ride in an Uber or a Lyft without a mask. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Apr. 2022 This was the first time since January 2020 that the hosts were able to return to Florida for tapings, and of course one of the big highlights was being able to ride the VelociCoaster, which opened last summer. Amanda Kondolojy, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Mar. 2022 The Bruins were able to ride out the clock while hitting clutch free throws late for a 56-41 win over Wells. oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2022 Next winter, skiers and snowboarders will be able to ride a new gondola through the mountains in North Lake Tahoe between the ski areas at Alpine Meadows and Olympic Valley. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2022 Being able to ride horses and watch Texas sunsets sounds like a dream to us too! Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 29 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like a lot of other people in the pandemic, there was this sense of you kind of just have to go along for the ride, that life has put us all on. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 26 June 2022 And 3-year-old Virginia McCaskey went along for the ride. Amanda Kaschube, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2022 On board, a Premium ticket also means being treated to a refreshing wet towel, as well as more snacks and drinks for the ride. Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 The maximum passenger weight for the ride is 287 pounds, according to the maintenance manual. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Europe tour, their good friend Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) tagging along for the ride. Eda Yu, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 The pictures show the couple loved up while posing for the camera in the water and going for a ride in a kayak. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 June 2022 To my Lovatics who have been rocking out with me since the beginning and those who are just now coming along for the ride, thank you. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2022 To my Lovatics who have been rocking out with me since the beginning and those who are just now coming along for the ride, thank you. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ride


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ride


Middle English, from Old English rīdan; akin to Old High German rītan to ride, Middle Irish réidid he rides

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More Definitions for ride


\ ˈrīd How to pronounce ride (audio) \
rode\ ˈrōd \; ridden\ ˈri-​dᵊn \; riding\ ˈrī-​diŋ \

Kids Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to travel or move by sitting or standing on or in I ride the bus.
2 : to sit on and control so as to be carried along I learned to ride a bicycle.
3 : to be supported or carried on Surfers rode the waves.
4 : to travel over a surface The car rides well.
5 : to endure without great harm or damage We'll ride out the storm.
6 : depend sense 2 Our hopes are riding on you.

Other Words from ride

rider \ ˈrī-​dər \ noun



Kids Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a trip on horseback or by vehicle
2 : a mechanical device (as a merry-go-round) that moves around while people sit or stand on it for entertainment
3 : a way of getting from one place to another She needs a ride to school.

Ride biographical name

\ ˈrīd How to pronounce Ride (audio) \

Definition of Ride

Sally Kristen 1951–2012 American astronaut

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