- 1 a short journey in a vehicle, on a bicycle, etc. a train ride through beautiful countryside It's a ten-minute bus ride from here to town. Steve gave me a ride on his motorbike. We went for a ride on our bikes. a bike ride See related entries: Cycling
- 2 (North American English) (British English, North American English lift) a free ride in a car, etc. to a place you want to get to She hitched a ride to the station. We managed to get a ride into town when we missed the bus.
- 3 the kind of journey you make in a car, etc. a smooth/comfortable/bumpy, etc. ride (figurative) The new legislation faces a bumpy ride (= will meet with opposition and difficulties). on horse
- 4 a short journey on a horse, etc. a pony ride The kids had a ride on an elephant at the zoo. He goes for a ride most mornings. See related entries: Equine sports at funfair
- 5a large machine at a funfair or amusement park that you ride on for fun or excitement; an occasion when you go on one of these The rides are free. a roller coaster ride Word Origin Old English rīdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijden and German reiten.Extra examples He took her for a wild ride on the back of his motorbike. He used to get free rides by hiding in the toilet of the train. I managed to cadge a ride with a lorry driver. I managed to hitch a ride with someone going in my direction. I went on every ride in the amusement park. It was a bumpy ride along the farm track. She’s gone for a ride on her bike. The day had been a roller-coaster ride of emotions. The new legislation did not have a smooth ride through Parliament. The new teacher was given a rough ride by the class. The rats hitch a free ride on ships. The ride from our house to my parents’ takes about an hour. Visitors can take a ride on a miniature train. We have a long ride ahead of us tomorrow. We went for a leisurely ride along the canal. After a short taxi ride, we were there. Have you ever had a ride on a camel? I asked if she’d give me a ride on the back of her motorbike. I was taking my usual morning ride along the beach. It’s a pretty long ride from Las Vegas to the coast. It’s a ten-minute bus ride into town. John took me for a ride in his new car. The train ride through the mountains was fantastic. There were pony rides for the children.Idioms (informal) to join in an activity for pleasure but without being seriously interested in it to get or take something without paying because somebody else is paying for it
(informal) to experience/not experience difficulties when you are doing something; to make things difficult/easy for somebody He will be given a rough ride at the party conference. (informal) to cheat or trick somebody It's not a pleasant feeling to discover you've been taken for a ride by someone you trusted.