intransitive verbrode, rid′den, rid′ing
- to sit on and be carried along by a horse or other animal, esp. one controlled by the rider
- to be carried along (in a vehicle, on a bicycle, etc.)
- to move along as if so carried
- to move along or be carried or supported in motion (on or upon): tanks ride on treads
- to be fit for riding or admit of being ridden: a car that rides smoothly
- to move or float on the water
- Now Rare to lie at anchor: the ships riding close to shore
- to seem to be floating in space
- to overlap, as bones in a joint
- to be dependent (on): the change rides on his approval
- to be placed as a bet (on)
- Informal to continue undisturbed, with no action taken: let the matter ride
Origin of rideMiddle English riden from Old English ridan, akin to German reiten from Indo-European base an unverified form reidh-, to go, be in motion from source Classical Latin reda, four-wheel carriage
- to sit on or in and control so as to move along: to ride a horse, a bicycle, etc.
- to move along on or be mounted, carried, or supported on: to ride the waves, to ride a merry-go-round
- to rest on, as by overlapping
- to operate partially by keeping the foot on the pedal: to ride the brake
- to move over, along, or through (a road, fence, area, etc.) by horse, car, etc.
- to cover (a specified distance) by riding
- to engage in or do by riding: to ride a race
- to cause to ride; carry; convey
- to mount (a female) as for copulation
- to control, dominate, tyrannize over, or oppress: often in the past participle: ridden by doubts
- Informal to torment, harass, or tease by making the butt of ridicule, criticism, etc.
- a riding; esp., a journey by horse, car, bicycle, etc.
- a means or opportunity to ride, as by automobile: do you have a ride home?
- the way a car, etc. rides
- a road, track, etc. for riding, esp. on horseback
- a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, or other thing to ride, as at an amusement park
- to hit and knock down by riding against
- to overtake by riding
- to overcome
- to exhaust (a horse, etc.) by riding too long or too hard
- to stay afloat or aloft during (a storm, etc.) without too much damage
- to withstand or endure successfully
take for a rideSlang
- to take somewhere, as in a car, and kill
- to cheat or swindle