Definition of rode

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and chiefly dialectal past participle of ride


\ ˈrōd How to pronounce rode (audio) \

Definition of rode (Entry 2 of 2)

: a line (as of rope or chain) used to attach an anchor to a boat

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The 28-year-old rode in a carriage with her sister, Princess Beatrice, her aunt, the Countess of Wessex, and her cousin, Lady Louise Windsor, during Trooping the Colour. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie Wore the Best Hat and Dress for Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 The royal couple rode in their own carriage (their second carriage ride after their royal wedding!) during the festivities, with Kate Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall riding ahead of them. Erin Hill,, "Meghan Markle Shows Off Her Post-Honeymoon Glow as She Arrives for Her First Trooping the Colour," 9 June 2018 The queen, dressed in sky blue, rode by herself in an open carriage. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Duke and Duchess of Sussex join Queen's birthday parade," 9 June 2018 After her death, Wisconsin Riders met with Tosa officers and rode in honor of Sebena in 2013. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For Wauwatosa cops, Donut Dash and national bike ride have deeper meanings," 10 Apr. 2018 The Georgia State Patrol told multiple media outlets that the bus drove off the side of the rode about 18 miles west of Augusta National Golf Club and flipped when the driver overcorrected into a median. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Bus crashes en route to Masters, several passengers injured," 5 Apr. 2018 But as the 25-year-old rode with his father, Dominick, from their home in Canton to First Energy Stadium on Sunday, the two diehard Browns fans and season ticket holders were talking, and Roman started writing down their questions., "The Browns Why Guy: He explains his questions, we look for answers," 19 Dec. 2017 The 11-year-old rode in the front passenger’s seat, which should not have happened because of the airbag, which can injure a child. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Fla. Day Care Van Driver Charged With Manslaughter After 3-Year-Old Left in Van for 11 Hours Died," 11 Aug. 2017 The 11-year-old rode in the front passenger’s seat, which should not have happened because of the airbag, which can injure a child, the DCF report said. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A toddler died in a hot day-care van. Now, the driver has been charged with manslaughter.," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of rode


1612, in the meaning defined above

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past tense of ride

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a strong desire or propensity

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