- An example of to ride is sitting on the back of an elephant and it taking you through the jungle.
- An example of to ride is driving a car from your house to the store.
- An example of to ride is pedaling a bicycle around your neighborhood.
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
verbrode, rid·den, rid·ing, rides
- a. To be carried or conveyed, as in a vehicle or on horseback.b. Sports To participate in a board sport such as snowboarding.
- To travel over a surface: This car rides well.
- To move by way of an intangible force or impetus; move as if on water: The President rode into office on a tide of discontent.
- Nautical To lie at anchor: battleships riding at the mouth of the estuary.
- To seem to float: The moon was riding among the clouds.
- To be sustained or supported on a pivot, axle, or other point.
- To be contingent; depend: The final outcome rides on the results of the election.
- To continue without interference: Let the matter ride.
- To work or move from the proper place, especially on the body: pants that ride up.
- a. To sit on and control the movement of: rode a motorcycle to town; ride a horse to the village.b. Sports To glide or move while standing on or having one's feet attached to (a board, such as a snowboard).
- To travel over, along, or through: ride the highways.
- To be supported or carried on: a swimmer riding the waves.
- To take part in or do by riding: He rode his last race.
- To cause to ride, especially to cause to be carried: The police rode him down to the station.
- Sports To control (an opponent) in wrestling, usually by holding the opponent down.
- Nautical To keep (a vessel) at anchor.
- Informal a. To tease or ridicule.b. To harass with persistent carping and criticism.
- To keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot: Don't ride the clutch or the brakes.
- The act or an instance of riding, as in a vehicle or on an animal.
- A path made for riding on horseback, especially through woodlands.
- A device, such as one at an amusement park, that one rides for pleasure or excitement.
- A means of transportation: waiting for her ride to come.
Origin of rideMiddle English riden from Old English rīdan ; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.
- rid′a·ble ride′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present rides, present participle riding, simple past rode, past participle ridden)
- (intransitive) To transport oneself by sitting on and directing a horse, later also a bicycle etc. [from 8th c., transitive usage from 9th c.]
- (intransitive) To be transported in a vehicle; to travel as a passenger. [from 9th c., transitive usage from 19th c.]
- (chiefly US, South Africa) To transport (someone) in a vehicle. [from 17th c.]
- The cab rode him downtown.
- (intransitive) Of a ship: to sail, to float on the water. [from 10th c.]
- (intransitive) To be carried or supported by something lightly and quickly; to travel in such a way, as though on horseback. [from 10th c.]
- The witch cackled and rode away on her broomstick.
- (intransitive) To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle.
- A horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast.
- (intransitive) To mount (someone) to have sex with them; to have sexual intercourse with. [from 15th c.]
- (colloquial) To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone). [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive) Of clothing: to gradually move (up) and crease; to ruckle. [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive) To rely, depend (on). [from 20th c.]
- (intransitive) Of clothing: to rest (in a given way on a part of the body). [from 20th c.]
- (lacrosse) To play defense on the defensemen or midfielders, as an attackman.
- To manage insolently at will; to domineer over.
- To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding.
- (surgery) To overlap (each other); said of bones or fractured fragments.
- An instance of riding.
- Can I have a ride on your bike?
- (informal) A vehicle.
- That is a nice ride you are driving.
- An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.
- A lift given to someone in another person's vehicle.
- Can you give me a ride?
- (UK) A road or avenue cut in a wood, for riding; a bridleway or other wide country path.
- (UK, dialect, archaic) A saddle horse.