WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ride /raɪd/USA pronunciation
v., rode/roʊd/USA pronunciation rid•den/ˈrɪdən/USA pronunciation rid•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion: [no object]He rode on the back of an elephant.[~ + object]He rode the elephant all around the circus stage.
- to (cause to) be carried along in a vehicle: [~ + object]She rides a bicycle to school.[no object]He rode on the subway to work.
- to move along in any way:[~ + on + object]He was riding on his friend's success.
- to have a specified character for riding purposes:[no object]The car rides smoothly.
- to depend:[~ + on + object]hopes riding on a promotion.
- Informal Terms to continue without interference:[no object]Let the matter ride.
- to sit or move along on: [~ + object]The ship rode the waves.[no object]The ship rode on the waves.
- to ride over, along, or through (a road, etc.): [no object]They rode along the highways.[~ + object]They rode the back roads.
- to make fun of, bother, or pester:[~ + object]kept riding her about her boyfriend.
- to control or domineer:[~ + object; usually: be + ridden]a man ridden by fear.
- to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse:[~ + object]He rode the child about on his back.
- ride out, [~ + object]
- Naval Termsto come safely through or survive (a storm, etc.), such as while riding at anchor:The ship rode out the storm.
- to come through or endure (something):rode out the first year of college fairly well.
- ride up, [no object] to move up from the proper place or position:This skirt always rides up.
- a journey or trip on a horse, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
- a means of being taken by a motor vehicle:My ride's here.
- a vehicle, such as a roller coaster, on which people ride for amusement.
- Idiomstake (someone) for a ride, to deceive;
trick:Those swindlers took us for a ride.
v., rode or (Archaic) rid* rid•den or (Archaic) rid;
- to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion;
be carried on the back of an animal.
- to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of conveyance.
- to move or float on the water:the surfboarders riding on the crests of the waves.
- to move along in any way;
be carried or supported:He is riding along on his friend's success. Distress is riding among the people.
- to have a specified character for riding purposes:The car rides smoothly.
- to be conditioned;
depend (usually fol. by on):All his hopes are riding on getting that promotion.
- Informal Termsto continue without interruption or interference:He decided to let the bet ride.
- to be carried on something, as a litter, a person's shoulders, or the like.
- to work or move up from the proper place or position (usually fol. by up):Her skirt rode up above her knees.
- to extend or project over something, as the edge of one thing over the edge of another thing.
- to turn or rest on something:the great globe of the world riding on its axis.
- to appear to float in space, as a heavenly body:A blood-red moon rode in the cloudless sky.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto lie at anchor, as a ship.
- to sit on and manage (a horse, bicycle, etc.) so as to be carried along.
- to sit or move along on (something);
be carried or borne along on:The ship rode the waves. We ride a bus.
- to ride over, along, or through (a road, boundary, region, etc.);
- to ridicule or harass persistently:The boys keep riding him about his poor grades.
- to control, dominate, or tyrannize over:a man ridden by fear; a country that is ridden by a power-mad dictator.
- to cause to ride.
- to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse:He rode the child about on his back.
- to execute by riding:to ride a race.
- to rest on, esp. by overlapping.
- Nautical, Naval Termsto keep (a vessel) at anchor or moored.
- Music and Dance[Jazz.]to play improvisations on (a melody).
- ride down:
- to trample or overturn by riding upon or against.
- to ride up to;
capture:The posse rode down the escaping bank robber.
- Naval Terms[Naut.]to bear down upon (a rope of a tackle) with all one's weight.
- ride for a fall, to conduct oneself so as to invite misfortune or injury.
- ride herd on. See herd1 (def. 5).
- ride out:
- Naval Termsto sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
- to sustain or endure successfully.
- Aeronauticsride the beam, to fly along the course indicated by a radio beam.
- ride shotgun. See shotgun (def. 3).
- a journey or excursion on a horse, camel, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
- a means of or arrangement for transportation by motor vehicle:We'll handle rides to be sure everyone gets home quickly.
- the vehicle used for transportation:I've got to hang up now—my ride's here.
- a vehicle or device, as a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, or merry-go-round, on which people ride for amusement.
- a way, road, etc., made esp. for riding.
- take for a ride, [Slang.]
- to murder, esp. by abducting the victim for that purpose.
- to deceive;
trick:It was obvious to everyone but me that I was being taken for a ride.
- bef. 900; 1915–20 for def. 17; Middle English riden (verb, verbal), Old English rīdan; cognate with Old Frisian rīda, German reiten, Old Norse rītha; akin to Old Irish ríad journey (compare palfrey, rheda). See road
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See drive.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ride /raɪd/ vb (rides, riding, rode, ridden)
- to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
- (transitive) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
- (intr; often followed by on or in) to be carried along or travel on or in a vehicle: she rides to work on the bus
- (transitive) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
- (transitive) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
- to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves, the moon was riding high
- (transitive) US Canadian to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
- (intransitive) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
- (intransitive) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
- (transitive) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
- (transitive) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
- (transitive) slang to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
- (tr; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
- (transitive) informal to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don't ride me so hard over my failure
- (intransitive) informal to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
- (transitive) to endure successfully; ride out
- (transitive) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
- (intransitive) often followed by on: (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
- ride for a fall ⇒ to act in such a way as to invite disaster
- ride again ⇒ informal to return to a former activity or scene of activity
Etymology: Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rīthaˈridable, ˈrideable adj
- a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
- a path specially made for riding on horseback
- transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
- a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
- slang an act of sexual intercourse
- slang a partner in sexual intercourse
- take for a ride ⇒ informal to cheat, swindle, or deceive
- to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
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