American English

Definition of ride verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ride
    he / she / it rides
    past simple rode
    past participle ridden
    -ing form riding
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to sit on a horse, etc. and control it as it moves I learned to ride as a child. + adv./prep. They rode along narrow country lanes. He was riding on a large black horse. ride something She had never ridden a horse before. He's ridden six winners so far this year (= in horse racing).
  2. bicycle/motorcycle
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. or to stand on a snowboard and move on it ride something (+ adv./prep.) The boys were riding their bikes around the streets. He rode a Harley Davidson. (+ adv./prep.) The ground there is too rough to ride over.
  4. in vehicle
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to travel in a vehicle, especially as a passenger (+ adv./prep.) I walked back while the others rode in the car. ride something (+ adv./prep.) to ride the subway/an elevator, etc. She rode the bus to school every day.
  6. on water/air
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] to float or be supported on water or air (+ adv./prep.) We watched the balloon riding high above the fields. The ship was riding at anchor in the harbor. ride something surfers riding the waves A large bird was riding the air currents beneath it.
  8. go through area
  9. 5[transitive] ride something to go through or over an area on a horse, bicycle, etc. We rode the mountain trails.
  10. criticize
  11. 6[transitive] ride somebody to criticize or tease someone in an annoying way Why is everybody riding me today?
  12. Idioms
    be riding for a fall
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    to be doing something that involves risks and that may end in disaster
    be riding high
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    to be successful or very confident The company is riding high this year.
    if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride (old-fashioned) (saying)
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    wishing for something does not make it happen
    let something ride
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    to decide to do nothing about a problem that you know you may have to deal with later He was rude to me but I let it ride this time.
    ride the crest of something
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    to enjoy great success or support because of a particular situation or event The band is riding the crest of its last tour.
    ride herd on somebody/something (informal)
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    to keep watch or control over someone or something police riding herd on crowds of youths on the streets
    ride shotgun (informal)
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    to ride in the front passenger seat of a car or truck
    ride a/the wave of something
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    to enjoy or be supported by the particular situation or quality mentioned Schools are riding a wave of renewed public interest.
    Phrasal Verbsride on somethingride somethingoutride up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ride