\ 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 How ride-hail apps have totally changed the flying experience—and messed with airports’ mojo. Wired, "Air Travel in 2019 Saw Big Projects and Belly Flops," 29 Nov. 2019 Facebook and ride-sharing app Uber also have huge penetration in Brazil, said Wenzel. Fortune, "Why SoftBank is Investing in Brazil, and Why Nobody There Seems to Care About WeWork," 19 Nov. 2019 James Rosengren, executive director, Galveston Railroad Museum, said visitors will ride a mile of track for the theatrical recreation on Harborside Drive. Valerie Swetten, Houston Chronicle, "Relive magic of the story aboard The Polar Express," 15 Nov. 2019 Between 2002 and 2016, American observers (often ride-sharing with allies) flew over Russia 196 times, with only 71 Russian flights over America. The Economist, "Donald Trump is set to rip up another arms-control treaty," 22 Oct. 2019 Much of the Spurs’ postseason push will ride on the slender shoulders of Murray, who a year ago was set to open as the Spurs’ starting point guard only to suffer a season-ending injury in the third preseason game. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "For the Spurs, a season hinges on a youth movement," 20 Oct. 2019 Peinado will ride Famous Foose in the seventh race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Jerry Hollendorfer loses in L.A. court," 18 Oct. 2019 The 47th annual Poway Rodeo will ride into town on Friday and Saturday at the Poway Valley Riders Association grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Rodeo is Friday and Saturday," 25 Sep. 2019 In New York City, ride-hail drivers are required to have Taxi and Limousine Commission licenses, which include finger-print based checks — something ride-hail drivers do not have to undergo in other cities. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Lyft hit by five more alleged sexual assault, rape cases in one day," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The quality of your rides depends greatly on buying the right bicycle. SFChronicle.com, "Bike stores that will make it an easy ride," 29 Nov. 2019 Shopping for a gift for a man or woman who keeps their ride sparkling clean, inside and out? Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Goodies will give your favorite automotive enthusiast some thrills," 29 Nov. 2019 Choreographers Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves put the ensemble to good use in sequences of entrancing movement, imbuing Christopher’s fantasies with a dreamlike elegance and packing his Act 2 train ride to London with frantic energy. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is up to some new and mesmerizing tricks," 27 Nov. 2019 The spirit of giving came just as Lime reached its one-millionth ride in Ohio, giving the company twice the reason to celebrate. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Lime scooters give back: Bethany House Services to benefit from rounded up change from riders," 26 Nov. 2019 The watch became my go-to device for recording my rides. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Achieving marital harmony and physical fitness with Apple wearable gear," 26 Nov. 2019 Your car ride from the airport runs along a bridge that coasts over sprawling slums and refugee camps. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Beirut once billed itself as a glitzy capital. Now its economy faces a painful reckoning," 23 Nov. 2019 After seeing reactions of others to his new ride, the engineering student founded Bamboocycles in Mexico City in 2008. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How a Personal Project Turned into a Handmade Bicycle Company," 21 Nov. 2019 The result has been service cuts, leaving passengers waiting at bus and rail stops wondering when or if their ride might appear. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: A little competition would help RTD’s driver shortage," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of ride was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Ride.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riding%20herd%20on. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce Ride (audio)

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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