Definition of ride verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ride
    BrE BrE//raɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪd//
    he / she / it rides
    BrE BrE//raɪdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪdz//
    past simple rode
    BrE BrE//rəʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊd//
    past participle ridden
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdn//
    -ing form riding
    BrE BrE//ˈraɪdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈraɪdɪŋ//
    Cycling, Driving, Equine sports
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to sit on a horse, etc. and control it as it moves I learnt 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). See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2  go riding (British English) (North American English go horseback riding) [intransitive] to spend time riding a horse for pleasure How often do you go riding?
  3. bicycle/motorcycle
  4. 3  [transitive, intransitive] to sit on and control a bicycle, motorcycle, etc. 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. Wordfinderback-pedal, cycling, dismount, handlebar, pedal, ride, saddle, speed, tandem, velodrome See related entries: Cycling
  5. in vehicle
  6. 4  [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.) (North American English) to ride the subway/an elevator, etc. She rode the bus to school every day. See related entries: Driving
  7. on water/air
  8. 5[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 harbour. ride something surfers riding the waves A large bird was riding the air currents beneath it.
  9. go through area
  10. 6[transitive] ride something to go through or over an area on a horse, bicycle, etc. We rode the mountain trails. See related entries: Equine sports
  11. criticize
  12. 7[transitive] ride somebody (North American English) to criticize or tease somebody in an annoying way Why is everybody riding me today?
  13. Word OriginOld English rīdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijden and German reiten.Extra examples At the end of the film they ride off into the sunset. They rode hard all night. We were riding along a dusty trail. riding along a country lane riding bareback on a circus horse He rides the subway every day. The men loaded my stuff onto the pick-up and I rode with them in the cab. The widow and children rode in the first car after the coffin. You could ride right along the coast by tram.Idioms to be doing something that involves risks and that may end in disaster to be successful or very confident The company is riding high this year. See related entries: Confident
    if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride
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    (saying) wishing for something does not make it happen
    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
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    (North American English, informal) to keep watch or control over somebody/something police riding herd on crowds of youths on the streets
    (North American English, informal) 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
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