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

Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 outrode 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
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



Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 3)

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
4a : a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him
b : something likened to such a trip take the taxpayers 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


biographical name
\ ˈrīd How to pronounce Ride (audio) \

Definition of Ride (Entry 3 of 3)

Sally Kristen 1951–2012 American astronaut

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rideable or less commonly ridable \ ˈrī-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ridable (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those needs can range from getting an appointment and ride to the Department of Motor Vehicles for an ID card to finding the right programs for bridge housing or help with substance abuse. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa looking to try new homeless outreach program," 8 Sep. 2020 As of 2019, the Amalgamated Transit Union reported 55% of students in kindergarten-through 12th grade ride the bus to school. Hunter Davis, Fox News, "School buses in focus as kids return to classes amid coronavirus pandemic," 8 Sep. 2020 But there's now enough flexibility and ride compliance to traverse smoother pavement without smacking the bump stops. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Grows Up, Gets Better," 4 Sep. 2020 Despite their plans to ride together to Dorit's housewarming party, Garcelle ultimately went alone after waiting outside of Denise's hotel in vain. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "RHOBH Season 10: Why Everyone Is Mad at Denise Richards, Explained," 2 Sep. 2020 The deputy filming then talked with other deputies and a detective about who should ride to the hospital with Sands and Christopher Bennett. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "‘It was just me and one of the bad guys:’ Video shows deputy talking about shooting Salaythis Melvin," 27 Aug. 2020 Residents of Orange County have been able to ride a fuel-cell bus to their destination since 2016, and there are 25 such buses operating around the country. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Where Are All the Hydrogen Cars We Were Promised?," 27 Aug. 2020 For now, Democratic Party activists hope to ride the momentum of the nomination to victory on Nov. 3. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Voting and victory: Democrats focus on Donald Trump now that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the ticket," 21 Aug. 2020 On the morning and afternoon bus, for example, which can also be poorly ventilated, kids from different grades and classes mingle and sometimes ride two or even three to a seat. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Reopening Schools Isn’t the Only Way to Help Parents," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every ride was comfortable, secure, and offered excellent service. Jenny Hart, Travel + Leisure, "I Traveled to Cabo Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic — Here's What It Was Really Like," 16 Sep. 2020 There is great disagreement about what an ambulance ride is worth. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "'Surprise' bills from ambulances deal a costly blow. Patients need more protection, researchers say.," 11 Sep. 2020 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ride will be virtual to encourage safety and social distancing. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 4 Sep. 2020 The ride is rough here as well, but the Ranger is agile, its quick steering facilitating easy control of high-speed slides. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Rough Trail Ahead: 2020 Ford Ranger Level 3 Off-Road Package," 28 Aug. 2020 But the most magical ride of all was the one to Williamsport, one that the entire state of Louisiana took with them on that unforgettable Sunday last August. Rod Walker, NOLA.com, "Walker: For east bank All-Stars, Little League World Series title still feels like yesterday," 24 Aug. 2020 It’s a fun one to drive, with unexpected nuance and poise, although the ride is very stiff. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Bargain boxes: 2020’s most affordable new CUVs," 22 Aug. 2020 The ride isn’t over yet: Arizona is a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning impacts on school and restaurant operations – and their dairy needs – remain uncertain. The Arizona Republic, "Arizona dairy farms pivot from restaurants to food banks as COVID-19 shifts demand," 16 Aug. 2020 Though the option only lasted a handful of years, the ride and steering improvements from IFS were clear. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Jeep Wagoneer Is So Badass," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ride. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sit on and control the movements of (a horse, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)
: to travel to a place as a passenger on or in (something that is moving, such as a bus, a train, or an elevator)
: to go on a mechanical ride at an amusement park or similar place



English Language Learners Definition of ride (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually short journey in or on a vehicle
: a usually short journey on a horse or other animal
used to describe what the experience of riding in a car or other vehicle is like usually singular often used figuratively


\ 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.

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