\ 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 But the best riders can rise dozens of feet in the air, then ride away after a soft landing. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 And once the Haitian evacuees get here with nothing, Arty said, their only desire is to reunite with family members they’ve been separated from or who rode different boats over. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Stigma of being Haitian in the Bahamas reignites after Hurricane Dorian," 8 Sep. 2019 Officer Dominic Case talked to the child and held his hand the whole ride home. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Hurricane heroes, a football brotherhood and an adventurous sloth," 7 Sep. 2019 Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Karissa Niehoff And Bobby Cox, Indianapolis Star, "Biggest challenge facing high school sports today — parents and adult fans," 5 Sep. 2019 One driver was accused by two women who shared a Lyft ride home after a night out in Chicago. Tricia Nadolny, USA TODAY, "Rape, assault allegations mount against Lyft in what new suit calls 'sexual predator crisis'," 4 Sep. 2019 Later, a few fans hung around the entrance to celebrate as players emerged from the locker room for the bus ride home. Los Angeles Times, "Worthy of a second chance? Art Briles coaching high schoolers after sexual assault scandal," 1 Sep. 2019 The nearest decent hospital was a four-hour bus ride away. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "These tea plantation workers in India face poverty—and dangers," 30 Aug. 2019 Away to the west, mountains rode the horizons, granite faced, severe, not the Andes yet, but the cordillera of the pre-Andes. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Lyft hit by five more alleged sexual assault, rape cases in one day," 17 Sep. 2019 Uber will not treat its California drivers as employees, the ride-hail company’s head lawyer said Wednesday, despite a new law designed to do just that. Wired, "Why Uber Thinks It Can Still Call Its Drivers Contractors," 12 Sep. 2019 Analysts at Morgan Stanley estimate global ride-hail bookings could fall by 5% to 9% if something like AB5 were adopted across the US. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The California Senate has voted to end the gig economy as we know it," 11 Sep. 2019 Skip to main content Struggling ride-hailing giant Uber gave layoff notices to over 400 employees Tuesday. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Uber lays off 435 employees," 10 Sep. 2019 He is expected to sign the bill — which the San Francisco ride-hailing giants and other companies have been furiously battling against — into law after indicating his support for it in a Labor Day op-ed. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Uber defiant as gig workers on verge of becoming employees under AB 5," 10 Sep. 2019 The cuts will affect arguably some of Uber’s most valuable teams—the people who work on the core ride-hailing app. Fortune, "Uber Makes a Second Round of Employee Cuts, Laying Off 435 From the Engineering and Product Teams," 10 Sep. 2019 The measure could affect millions of Californians beyond ride-hail drivers, including janitors, nail salon workers and cable-television installers. New York Times, "California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft," 9 Sep. 2019 Gorton, who also heard the association’s suit, ordered Boston officials in early 2016 to revise taxi rules to include ride-hail companies. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "With Uber ruling, taxi companies ‘are running out of legal theories’ against ride-hail companies," 8 Sep. 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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6 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for ride

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

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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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