\ 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 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 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 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
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


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

Definition of Ride (Entry 3 of 3)

Sally Kristen 1951–2012 American astronaut

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Andrea Shakespeare is one of the witnesses … who was certain that Mister Skakel never took that alibi ride. CBS News, 6 Nov. 2021 During the test ride the streets are much quieter than usual, with fewer cars, bikes and pedestrians. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Visitors can walk, ride bikes, take their dogs and jog there. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2021 The standard all-wheel-drive does improve grip and maintains ride comfort when the road gets bumpy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 In the photo, Brad is riding on the back of a horse kiddie ride in what appears to be the middle of a grocery store, while Kimberly has her hand over her face in embarrassment. Daniela Avila, PEOPLE.com, 28 Oct. 2021 What to expect: People in costumes ride bikes, golf carts and ATVs to raise money for charity. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 28 Oct. 2021 Its algorithm allows for changes due to things like guest preferences, ride closures and inclement weather. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Public transportation is likely to make a comeback and ride-share companies, which have also been getting into the rental-car game, will continue to benefit from those who simply can’t or don’t want to drive themselves. Laura Forman, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the Cougarettes defeated Dripping Springs on Saturday, Sanders spoke to the team on the bus ride back to their school. David Hinojosa, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Keeping the audience off balance, writer-director Jane Campion creates a slow, ominous build around the fine performances toward a satisfying conclusion that nicely pays off on the slow-canter ride. Brian Lowry, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 On the ride over, Nathan tells his friends that Issa isn’t his girlfriend and fills them in on what happened the other night. Cate Young, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2021 Johnson stars in so many dude movies that the fantasy adventure (based on the Disney theme-park ride) offers a refreshing change of pace – and even some romance. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Overnight package, one couple will be whisked away on a short boat ride to Renaissance Island, Aruba's only private island. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2021 They were last spotted together on a boat ride in October, after celebrating their four-year anniversary in June. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 12 Nov. 2021 During the last road trip of the season to Long Beach State on May 28-30, players were drinking on the bus ride back to Davis, witnesses told investigators. Steve Henson Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Disability activist Engracia Figueroa passed away October 31, reportedly from complications after United Airlines damaged her custom wheelchair on a plane ride. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 9 Nov. 2021

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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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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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