Ride definition

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(nautical) To lie at anchor.

Battleships riding at the mouth of the estuary.

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To travel over a surface.

This car rides well.

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To be dependent (on)

The change rides on his approval.

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To be contingent; depend.

The final outcome rides on the results of the election.

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To travel over, along, or through.

Ride the highways.

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To be supported or carried on.

A swimmer riding the waves.

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A device, such as one at an amusement park, that one rides for pleasure or excitement.
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To sit on or in and control so as to move along.

To ride a horse, a bicycle, etc.

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To cover (a specified distance) by riding.
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To control, dominate, tyrannize over, or oppress.

Ridden by doubts.

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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.

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To continue without interference.

Let the matter ride.

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To work or move from the proper place, especially on the body.

Pants that ride up.

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To be carried or conveyed, as in a vehicle or on horseback.
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(sports) To participate in a board sport such as snowboarding.
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To take part in or do by riding.

He rode his last race.

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The act or an instance of riding, as in a vehicle or on an animal.
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A path made for riding on horseback, especially through woodlands.
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A means of transportation.

Waiting for her ride to come.

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To be fit for riding or admit of being ridden.

A car that rides smoothly.

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(informal) To continue undisturbed, with no action taken.

Let the matter ride.

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To be sustained or supported on a pivot, axle, or other point.
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To ride is defined as to sit in or on something and move from one place to another.

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.

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To cause to ride, especially to cause to be carried.

The police rode him down to the station.

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(sports) To control (an opponent) in wrestling, usually by holding the opponent down.
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(nautical) To keep (a vessel) at anchor.
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To keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot.

Don't ride the clutch or the brakes.

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To sit on and control the movement of.

Rode a motorcycle to town; ride a horse to the village.

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(sports) To glide or move while standing on or having one's feet attached to (a board, such as a snowboard).
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To tease or ridicule.
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To harass with persistent carping and criticism.
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To seem to be floating in space.
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To overlap, as bones in a joint.
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To be placed as a bet (on)
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To sit on and be carried along by a horse or other animal, esp. one controlled by the rider.
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To be carried along (in a vehicle, on a bicycle, etc.)
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To move along as if so carried.
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To move along or be carried or supported in motion (on or upon)

Tanks ride on treads.

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To move or float on the water.
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(now rare) To lie at anchor.

The ships riding close to shore.

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To move over, along, or through (a road, fence, area, etc.) by horse, car, etc.
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To engage in or do by riding.

To ride a race.

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To cause to ride; carry; convey.
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To mount (a female) as for copulation.
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(informal) To torment, harass, or tease by making the butt of ridicule, criticism, etc.
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To move along on or be mounted, carried, or supported on.

To ride the waves, to ride a merry-go-round.

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To rest on, as by overlapping.
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To operate partially by keeping the foot on the pedal.

To ride the brake.

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A road, track, etc. for riding, esp. on horseback.
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A roller coaster, Ferris wheel, or other thing to ride, as at an amusement park.
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A riding; esp., a journey by horse, car, bicycle, etc.
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A means or opportunity to ride, as by automobile.

Do you have a ride home?

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The way a car, etc. rides.
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(person) 1951-2012; U.S. astronaut: 1st U.S. woman in space (1983)
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(intransitive) To transport oneself by sitting on and directing a horse, later also a bicycle etc. [from 8th c., transitive usage from 9th c.]
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(intransitive) To be transported in a vehicle; to travel as a passenger. [from 9th c., transitive usage from 19th c.]
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(chiefly US, South Africa) To transport (someone) in a vehicle. [from 17th c.]

The cab rode him downtown.

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(intransitive) Of a ship: to sail, to float on the water. [from 10th c.]
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(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.

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(intransitive) To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle.

A horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast.

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(intransitive) To mount (someone) to have sex with them; to have sexual intercourse with. [from 15th c.]
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(colloquial) To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone). [from 19th c.]
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(intransitive) Of clothing: to gradually move (up) and crease; to ruckle. [from 19th c.]
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(intransitive) To rely, depend (on). [from 20th c.]
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(intransitive) Of clothing: to rest (in a given way on a part of the body). [from 20th c.]
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(lacrosse) To play defense on the defensemen or midfielders, as an attackman.
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To manage insolently at will; to domineer over.
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To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding.
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(surgery) To overlap (each other); said of bones or fractured fragments.
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An instance of riding.

Can I have a ride on your bike?

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(informal) A vehicle.

That is a nice ride you are driving.

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An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.
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A lift given to someone in another person's vehicle.

Can you give me a ride?

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(UK) A road or avenue cut in a wood, for riding; a bridleway or other wide country path.
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(UK, dialect, archaic) A saddle horse.

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To seem to float.

The moon was riding among the clouds.

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ride for a fall
  • To court danger or disaster.
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ride herd on
  • To keep watch or control over.
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ride high
  • To experience success.
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ride shotgun
  • To guard a person or thing while in transit.
  • To ride in the front passenger seat of a car or truck.
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(slang) take for a ride
  • To deceive or swindle:
    An author who tried to take his publisher for a ride.
  • To transport to a place and kill.
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ride down
  • 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
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ride out
  • to stay afloat or aloft during (a storm, etc.) without too much damage
  • to withstand or endure successfully
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ride up
  • to move upward out of place
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(slang) take for a ride
  • to take somewhere, as in a car, and kill
  • to cheat or swindle
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ride
Plural:
rides

Origin of ride

  • Middle English riden from Old English rīdan reidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English riden, from Old English rÄ«dan, from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«danÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *reydÊ°-. Cognate with Low German rieden, Dutch rijden, German reiten, Danish ride, Swedish rida; and (from Indo-European) with Welsh rhwyddhau (“hurry").

    From Wiktionary