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. 
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. to move along in any way:[+ on + object]He was riding on his friend's success.
  4. to have a specified character for riding purposes:[no object]The car rides smoothly.
  5. to depend:[+ on + object]hopes riding on a promotion.
  6. Informal Terms to continue without interference:[no object]Let the matter ride.
  7. to sit or move along on: [+ object]The ship rode the waves.[no object]The ship rode on the waves.
  8. to ride over, along, or through (a road, etc.): [no object]They rode along the highways.[+ object]They rode the back roads.
  9. to make fun of, bother, or pester:[+ object]kept riding her about her boyfriend.
  10. to control or domineer:[+ object;  usually: be + ridden]a man ridden by fear.
  11. to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse:[+ object]He rode the child about on his back.
  12. 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.
  13. ride up, [no object] to move up from the proper place or position:This skirt always rides up.

n. [countable]
  1. a journey or trip on a horse, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
  2. a means of being taken by a motor vehicle:My ride's here.
  3. a vehicle, such as a roller coaster, on which people ride for amusement.
  1. Idiomstake (someone) for a ride, to deceive;
    trick:Those swindlers took us for a ride.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ride  (rīd),USA pronunciation  v.,  rode or (Archaic) rid* rid•den or (Archaic) rid;

  1. to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion;
    be carried on the back of an animal.
  2. to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of conveyance.
  3. to move or float on the water:the surfboarders riding on the crests of the waves.
  4. 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.
  5. to have a specified character for riding purposes:The car rides smoothly.
  6. to be conditioned;
    depend (usually fol. by on):All his hopes are riding on getting that promotion.
  7. Informal Termsto continue without interruption or interference:He decided to let the bet ride.
  8. to be carried on something, as a litter, a person's shoulders, or the like.
  9. to work or move up from the proper place or position (usually fol. by up):Her skirt rode up above her knees.
  10. to extend or project over something, as the edge of one thing over the edge of another thing.
  11. to turn or rest on something:the great globe of the world riding on its axis.
  12. to appear to float in space, as a heavenly body:A blood-red moon rode in the cloudless sky.
  13. Nautical, Naval Termsto lie at anchor, as a ship.

  1. to sit on and manage (a horse, bicycle, etc.) so as to be carried along.
  2. to sit or move along on (something);
    be carried or borne along on:The ship rode the waves. We ride a bus.
  3. to ride over, along, or through (a road, boundary, region, etc.);
  4. to ridicule or harass persistently:The boys keep riding him about his poor grades.
  5. to control, dominate, or tyrannize over:a man ridden by fear; a country that is ridden by a power-mad dictator.
  6. to cause to ride.
  7. to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse:He rode the child about on his back.
  8. to execute by riding:to ride a race.
  9. to rest on, esp. by overlapping.
  10. Nautical, Naval Termsto keep (a vessel) at anchor or moored.
  11. Music and Dance[Jazz.]to play improvisations on (a melody).
  12. 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.
  13. ride for a fall, to conduct oneself so as to invite misfortune or injury.
  14. ride herd on. See  herd1 (def. 5).
  15. ride out: 
    • Naval Termsto sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
    • to sustain or endure successfully.
  16. Aeronauticsride the beam, to fly along the course indicated by a radio beam.
  17. ride shotgun. See  shotgun (def. 3).

  1. a journey or excursion on a horse, camel, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
  2. a means of or arrangement for transportation by motor vehicle:We'll handle rides to be sure everyone gets home quickly.
  3. the vehicle used for transportation:I've got to hang up now—my ride's here.
  4. a vehicle or device, as a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, or merry-go-round, on which people ride for amusement.
  5. a way, road, etc., made esp. for riding.
  6. 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)
  1. to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
  2. (transitive) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
  3. (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
  4. (transitive) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
  5. (transitive) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
  6. to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves, the moon was riding high
  7. (transitive) US Canadian to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
  8. (intransitive) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
  9. (intransitive) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
  10. (transitive) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
  11. (transitive) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
  12. (transitive) slang to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
  13. (tr; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
  14. (transitive) informal to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don't ride me so hard over my failure
  15. (intransitive) informal to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
  16. (transitive) to endure successfully; ride out
  17. (transitive) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
  18. (intransitive) often followed by on: (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
  19. ride for a fallto act in such a way as to invite disaster
  20. ride againinformal to return to a former activity or scene of activity
  1. a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
  2. a path specially made for riding on horseback
  3. transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
  4. a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
  5. slang an act of sexual intercourse
  6. slang a partner in sexual intercourse
  7. take for a rideinformal to cheat, swindle, or deceive
  8. to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
Etymology: Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha

ˈridable, ˈrideable adj
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