Definition of ride in US English:


verbridden, rode

[with object]
  • 1Sit on and control the movement of (an animal, especially a horse), typically as a recreation or sport.

    no object ‘I haven't ridden much since the accident’
    ‘Diana went to watch him ride his horse’
    • ‘He is also one of an elite band of nine jump jockeys to have ridden more than 1,000 winners.’
    • ‘Farnsworth always wanted to be a cowboy; and although he barely fires a bullet in The Grey Fox, just watch him ride that horse.’
    • ‘The key is to accept the feedback you get from each horse you ride to help you pinpoint weak areas.’
    • ‘He won nine of his 10 races and is rated by Frankie Dettori as the best horse he has ever ridden.’
    • ‘Supposedly, the more you rode the horse, the calmer the horse was supposed to become.’
    • ‘Ireland is like a jockey riding two horses - Europe and the US.’
    • ‘I went because I have always wanted to ride bulls in a rodeo.’
    • ‘My mare now turned her head and nibbled at the neck of the roan horse Sidroc rode.’
    • ‘The holidays will also offer the children, many of whom are from urban areas, the chance to look after animals and even ride horses and ponies.’
    • ‘As a young girl, she lived on a farm and first rode sheep, then ponies and then horses which she loved.’
    • ‘Now Chavez will return to the horse he has ridden to four stakes victories, including three this year.’
    • ‘We rode elephants, watched a rice farmer plant his crops, visited a rubber plantation, went golfing, swam in the ocean and ate delicious Thai food.’
    • ‘The elder Saumell learned how to ride a pony before obtaining a job walking horses at now defunct Oriental Park in Havana.’
    • ‘Mr Newlove has trained animals all his life and has ridden Ayrshire bulls at local shows and once discovered a horse which would fetch sticks.’
    • ‘You can find out if they have horses for you to ride so you don't have to bring one.’
    • ‘Trained by Kent Jensen, the dark bay two-year-old filly was ridden by David Essman.’
    • ‘He was the best horse I have ever ridden, you sat on him and he just flew.’
    • ‘Pat Eddery is a racing legend and he rode many great horses.’
    • ‘When he had got up to the animal she was riding he put his hand on the crupper and relaxed his speed.’
    • ‘Why else would they risk injury to ride a bull or horse for eight seconds?’
    sit on, mount, be mounted on, bestride
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Travel on a horse or other animal.
      ‘we rode on horseback’
      ‘some of the officers were riding back’
      • ‘The cavalry rode on special saddles that effectively locked them in place as they rode and all but allowed them to keep their arms free to fight with.’
      • ‘I'm not sure that modern jockeys generally are riding enough, and practising enough.’
      • ‘He heeled the horse forward, riding at a slow gallop until they were almost upon the others.’
      • ‘He has been leading jockey twice and in terms of Festival winners, is the most successful jockey still riding.’
      • ‘Four-time French champion jockey Olivier Peslier will ride regularly for Alain and Gerard Wertheimer beginning next year.’
      • ‘Finally, the four riders rode up to the castle gate.’
      • ‘Two days had passed when three angry horsemen rode back into town.’
      • ‘With the exception of that, however, the two vampires rode in silence.’
      • ‘The trio, all in their late 50s, ride for leisure and travel, not mayhem.’
      • ‘Two hours later Mitch Campbell rode at an easy canter up to the Ponderosa ranch house.’
      • ‘Their dog, Charlie, came running toward our horses as we rode down their drive.’
      • ‘I have not ridden since I traveled from the port city of Esshai to Shael, when I was eleven and the Searcher brought me there to become an Assassin.’
      • ‘A cowboy rides into town and stops at the saloon for a drink.’
      • ‘Then with that black face showing through the thin veneer of white he turned his horse toward camp and rode off at full gallop.’
      • ‘Some bareback riders ride relatively upright, while others lie back along the horse's back.’
      • ‘For the past ten years they have ridden together, travelling further afield since buying a horsebox.’
      • ‘After he moved to Florida, he worked with dressage trainer, Bent Jensen who rode for Denmark in the Barcelona Olympics.’
      • ‘They heard hoofbeats and turned to see several armed men riding at a gallop towards them.’
      • ‘They rode in silence for a little while until they reached a toll bridge.’
      • ‘Skyler got up and mounted his horse then rode back to his palace alone.’
      travel, go, move, progress, proceed, make one's way
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    2. 1.2 Sit on and control (a bicycle or motorcycle) for recreation or as a means of transport.
      ‘he rode a Harley Davidson across the U.S’
      • ‘No one should ride a scooter or motorcycle without wearing a helmet.’
      • ‘Riders riding big bikes are presumed to be rough, rude and bullies.’
      • ‘My favorite form of cardio exercise is riding a tandem bicycle with my husband.’
      • ‘Undaunted, but a little impressed, Mike just wanted to ride his bicycle, far and fast.’
      • ‘If your child is young and has not ridden a bicycle very long, buy a bicycle with coaster brakes.’
      • ‘Nine of the riders rode mountain bikes and 16 rode road bikes.’
      • ‘She has endured ‘months of hell’ from people riding motorbikes and quad bikes on King George's playing field behind her house.’
      • ‘It is, for example, a great deal easier to demonstrate how to ride a bicycle than to verbalize it.’
      • ‘I spent my formative years in New Malden, during which time I learned to ride a bicycle, a motor cycle and finally drive a car.’
      • ‘Ant broke his collar bone and pelvis bone while riding a motorcycle very fast.’
      • ‘Alan noticed the bike a couple of weeks after he first rode his own bicycle to Tracy's weekly appointment.’
      • ‘And unlike many people, she did not find it like riding a bicycle.’
      • ‘Ben Johnston, 19, also put his legs up behind him to obscure his registration plate while riding the moped, after he realised he was certain to lose his licence.’
      • ‘Officers said it appeared the man riding the motorcycle lost control on the corner where there was loose sand on the road, and then smashed into the pole.’
      • ‘Some time ago I complained to the police about scooters, motor cycles and quad bikes being ridden in Peel Park and Bradford Moor Park.’
      • ‘Good heavens, I ride a bicycle to school; need I say more?’
      • ‘He had never ridden a motorcycle before, nor had ever planned to.’
      • ‘Another allegation was that he rode a motorbike and quad bike erratically.’
      • ‘If, indeed, he or she has ever ridden a bike at all.’
      • ‘When a cyclist rides a bicycle at night with a small phosphorescent spot attached to the rim of one of the wheels, the path that the spot describes as the bicycle moves is a cycloid.’
    3. 1.3ride in/onno object Travel in or on (a vehicle) as a passenger.
      ‘I started riding on the buses’
      • ‘However, he was still part of the marathon as he rode in a jeep the final three days giving support to those still running.’
      • ‘I rode in a donkey cart for a sightseeing tour of the village of Rogozen.’
      • ‘He refuses to wear a seat belt when he's riding in the passenger side of a car.’
      • ‘One day, Gunpei was riding in a car in the passenger seat when the driver rear-ended a truck in front of them.’
      • ‘He is also forbidden to ride in or on any vehicle without the consent of the owner or to drive without a licence.’
      • ‘Private First Class Nicholas Greer first rode in a helicopter when he was only two years old.’
      • ‘As he rode in the vehicle half of his heart was overjoyed that he would be returning home so quickly.’
      • ‘A passenger rides in one of seven cars, each mounted near the edge of its own circular platform but free to pivot about the center.’
      • ‘He rode in the back of the bus, and he reminds me of that, how he couldn't go to college because they weren't integrated.’
      • ‘The victims were riding in a tractor and trailer which drove over a landmine.’
      • ‘I realised there was more to life than riding in stretch limousines and getting into VIP sections.’
      • ‘Deaths from weapon fire while riding in a vehicle were coded as intentional violence.’
      • ‘Also there a oodles of new vehicles for you to ride in which is always exciting.’
      • ‘We have never had a serious injury of any of the occupants riding in the vehicles.’
      • ‘John F. Kennedy was riding in an open motorcade on a goodwill-hunting visit to Texas.’
      • ‘Like I said, I have no idea why there are two sunroofs but everyone who rode in the car commented on it.’
      • ‘Prosecutors say he denied having a role but changed his story, saying he rode in the truck and threw a stun grenade at guards.’
      • ‘They are particularly keen to trace two young men who were riding in the gondola immediately in front of the one carrying Miss Savage.’
      • ‘He even got to drive the same truck he'd ridden in with his father as a kid.’
      • ‘She rode in it to the Silver Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral on June 7, 1977.’
    4. 1.4North American Travel in (a vehicle) or on (a public transport system) as a passenger.
      ‘she rides the bus across 42nd Street’
      • ‘As long as two other people abandon their cars and start riding the bus, the system will think it is doing a great job, as it will think it has gained one rider.’
      • ‘We rode buses, trolley cars, trains, trams, ferries and took a cab to make our way there and back.’
      • ‘We borrow money, try to cut down, ride a bus instead of a taxi, but everything you try to do is of no use.’
      • ‘They rode the school bus only for the first two or three weeks during tomato picking season.’
      • ‘People who live far away ride a bus for hours to reach the hospital.’
      • ‘The constant threat of terror forces you to think about everything, from being in crowded places to choosing a restaurant to even riding a bus.’
      • ‘She was 10 and possibly never had ridden in a car or seen TV.’
      • ‘When the bus pulled up, they got on, and rode silently to school.’
      • ‘And now that he is older, she rides a ferry and a bus each way twice a week, so her 10-year-old can go to Hebrew school.’
      • ‘As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.’
      • ‘It also explains that ‘all students who misbehave while riding the school bus will be disciplined.’’
      • ‘Passengers would fly to the space dock in a reusable launch vehicle, then ride a space elevator up to the hotel.’
      • ‘Women cannot ride a taxi or walk unaccompanied by a close male relative.’
      • ‘I wanted to know why Lelia Voelker looked exactly the way she did when we rode the bus together.’
      • ‘Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama refused to ride the city's buses in a protest that eventually led to a landmark defeat for segregation.’
      • ‘The vice president's wife rode a hydraulic lift to reach the top of the 40-foot tree.’
      • ‘After school Alison ended up riding her old bus.’
      • ‘A shocking new study tonight shows how simply riding the bus to school can be harmful to your child's health.’
      • ‘If you drive a sports utility vehicle, you'll use more sky than if you ride a bus; hence you'll pay more scarcity rent.’
      • ‘Passengers can pick up a coupon for a $2 discount on fair admission when they pay to ride the bus.’
    5. 1.5 Go through or over (an area) on horseback, a bicycle, etc.
      ‘ride the full length of the Ridgeway’
      • ‘Apart from this year's London - to-York ride, the Angels have also ridden coast to coast in England, Scotland and Ireland for charity.’
      • ‘They are not against country folk or anyone else riding the fields and meadows on horseback.’
      • ‘Maybe it takes riding the landscape with a native or old-timer who can point something out, to let you know how the geography has changed.’
      • ‘Jim Paavila, another member of the biking group's executive, estimates on a busy day, there are hundreds of people riding trails in the area.’
      • ‘He rides the area around Bachelor nowadays.’
    6. 1.6 Compete in (a race) on horseback or on a bicycle or motorcycle.
      ‘I rode a good race’
      • ‘I mean, when I'm hired to ride a race, I'm working for the owner in a sense.’
      • ‘Local rider Michael Mulcahy rode a fantastic race after puncturing and finished a creditable 10th.’
      • ‘We have a regular customer who goes over there and rides the race every year.’
      • ‘I would have liked to talk to him longer, but he had just ridden an incredibly exhausting race.’
      • ‘The track's jockeys refused to ride the final four races on a ten-race card on Sunday, citing unsafe conditions on the main track.’
      • ‘He's 32 but rode his first race just six years ago, when he was persuaded to enter the Army championships.’
      • ‘He's as strong as any of the lighter riders I know and he does know how to ride a race - he knows where the winning post is.’
      • ‘When Britain's most famous jockey says he wants to ride a race again, you can bet that he thinks he made a mess of things.’
      • ‘While not perfect - steering your mount can be tricky at times - this game is ideal for those horseracing fans who have never ridden a bad race from their own armchair.’
      • ‘He was cool and went the inside route and rode a great race.’
      • ‘What's the most appalling weather you've ridden a race in?’
      • ‘He also says the information that he passed on to these people didn't affect the way he rode the race.’
      • ‘So that's why they simply say, ‘We don't think you should ride a bike race and we're taking your licence.’’
      • ‘Hernandez, who was riding his third race and second winner at Calder, credited the victory to Rizo's prerace instructions.’
      • ‘I felt like I was riding so well, and the team rode a great race.’
      • ‘He rode a hard race in 2003 for victory but had to make do with third place this time around.’
      • ‘Whatever happens, Savoldelli has ridden a brilliant race with minimal help in the mountains.’
      • ‘The two riders rode the race in tandem last year and fate has thrust them together again.’
      • ‘Derek rode a splendid race, coming to challenge on the back straight and staying on powerfully to win by two lengths.’
      • ‘Because I was riding races, Dad kept on asking what weight I was.’
    7. 1.7no object, with adverbial or complement (of a vehicle, animal, etc.) be of a particular character for riding on or in.
      ‘the van rode as well as some cars of twice the price’
      • ‘This car rides like the granite-wheeled sedans on The Flintstones.’
      • ‘The Satellite rides like a bike that costs twice as much.’
      • ‘On the highway the big truck rides like a large sedan, firm, quiet and comfortable.’
      • ‘The GMT800 platform makes this latest version even better - it's tight, quiet, rides better and is well built overall.’
    8. 1.8informal Transport (someone) in a vehicle.
      ‘the taxi driver who rode Kelly into the airport not long ago’
      • ‘I was ridden for five days to my destination, so that the farmer that currently owned me could collect the money.’
      • ‘He used to tell me that he used to ride my grandmother to Amritsar to see a movie on his bicycle and then go back to Lahore.’
      • ‘There'll be no taxi riding people back to their houses.’
  • 2Be carried or supported by (something with a great deal of momentum)

    ‘a stream of young surfers fighting the elements to ride the waves’
    figurative ‘the fund rode the growth boom in the 1980s’
    • ‘The Cardinal could ride this momentum all the way to Minneapolis.’
    • ‘Megawati took over the national leadership in July riding a wave of support from a rainbow coalition united against former president Abdurrahman Wahid.’
    • ‘The Bulldogs rode their wave of momentum to win by 71 points, giving the club its first premiership since 1975.’
    • ‘Data centre specialists CityReach is riding a burgeoning market with the announcement of another £100 million in funding and a planned float next spring.’
    • ‘They travel to Denver next week having won 4 of their last 5 and riding a wave of momentum to take on the Broncos.’
    • ‘For Martin, starting over means picking up where he left off, riding the momentum that propelled him into the Chase.’
    • ‘Forward Michael Davis electrified the large crowd with an uncontested early dunk and the Warriors rode the momentum of their fans to a rather sizeable lead.’
    • ‘Understand the boom and bust cycles of your target industry so you can ride a growth wave, advises Wallace.’
    • ‘We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave.’
    • ‘Wu is riding a crest of support from recession-weary Hong Kong citizens who are looking for a white knight to lift their spirits.’
    • ‘The North Carolina senator is hoping to ride the momentum of his Iowa performance to a very strong showing here in New Hampshire and beyond.’
    • ‘His choreography is an onslaught at first, but after riding the momentum, one may find it satisfying, galvanizing, and thrilling.’
    • ‘Well, I would just say, they're riding the momentum, so you know, why not go all the way, and say the Red Sox do it?’
    • ‘The Warriors hope to ride their momentum as they kick off their playoff drive this weekend.’
    • ‘He should be able to ride this momentum and claim the No.1 ranking before the year is out.’
    • ‘They knew they just had to ride this wave of support and make sure that they put down the kind of roots that will attract ongoing support.’
    • ‘He got hot at the same time last year and rode the momentum to his first championship.’
    • ‘Miami is up 3-2 and riding the momentum of three straight victories.’
    • ‘If all this sounds like Toyota is riding a powerful growth wave, well, it is.’
    • ‘The company's tech-heavy funds rode the Internet boom to dizzying heights, only to fall hard in the bust.’
    1. 2.1no object Project or overlap.
      ‘when two lithospheric plates collide, one tends to ride over the other’
      • ‘Rebated rims are considered less reliable by some shooters who are concerned that the rifle bolt might ride over the rim rather than push it forward.’
      • ‘Breaking waves ride over each other reddened by the lividity of a fulminous sky, mount and collapse, as they wrest down a tall toppling ship not far out of landfall.’
      • ‘Higher yet, and the cue stick will ride over the ball, probably causing it to go nowhere.’
      • ‘We know that the most critical element of an accuracy job is the way the bottom barrel lugs ride over the slide stop pin.’
      • ‘At the same time, the continental crust tends to ride over the oceanic crust, for it is the lighter of the two.’
      • ‘If the magazine spring is too slow, a feed failure will occur as the slide will ride over the top of the new round.’
    2. 2.2no object (of a vessel) sail or float.
      ‘a large cedar barque rode at anchor’
      figurative ‘the moon was riding high in the sky’
      • ‘From their front veranda we could look through a small grove of oaks to a quiet bay where sailing boats rode at anchor.’
      • ‘The ship would ride till dusk, when it would settle in Thelin's port.’
      • ‘Other intricately rigged ships ride steadily in the inner harbour.’
      • ‘At times he wakes in panic, to find ‘that I am foolishly alone, that no one waits at the base of the stairs and no boat rides restlessly in the waters by the pier’.’
      • ‘The whole boat is riding higher - not just the front end.’
      • ‘I can see whitecaps out on the water, but the ship rides so smooth that I can hardly tell we're underway.’
      • ‘The first object which saluted my eyes when I arrived on the coast was the sea, and a slave ship which was then riding at anchor and waiting for its cargo.’
      • ‘As the on-scene crew reported that the vessel obviously was riding very low and taking waves over the deck, several courses of action were discussed.’
      • ‘As they rode at anchor in Hobson's Bay they were amazed and delighted by the contrast to the silence and loneliness of their Antarctic sojourn.’
      • ‘In a fishing harbour near Bari in southern Italy, a flotilla of small boats rides low in the sea, weighed down by festival-goers.’
      • ‘The chotts were the remnants of the Sea of Triton, claimed Roudaire, where ancient ships once rode at anchor.’
      • ‘Stripping extra windage is especially important when hauled out and unable to ride with the wind.’
      • ‘Apart from the first violent outburst of buffeting, the ship rode smoothly and he hoped that would be the worst of it.’
      • ‘With one mighty shove from them, the boat rides out.’
  • 3be riddenBe full of or dominated by.

    ‘you must not think him ridden with angst’
    as adjective in combination ‘the crime-ridden streets’
    • ‘This results in a badly done job and a guilt-ridden employee who may gripe in anticipation of being criticized.’
    • ‘As long as we are ridden with even the slightest hint of suppressed guilt regarding our past the temptation is always to ignore those uncomfortable realities which make that guilt resurface.’
    • ‘Otherwise, might he be ridden with guilt and find living the life impossible?’
    • ‘Colin understood that ‘their side of town’ meant the poverty-ridden areas.’
    • ‘The province has been ridden by a sectarian conflict that has claimed more than 2,000 lives and displaced more than 750,000 people.’
    • ‘Would you approach a society you knew to worship angst ridden doctors, corrupt lawyers and various subgenuses of surly private detectives?’
    • ‘Even Easy Rider a wild card that symbolized the anarchistic spirit of that drug ridden time was a Columbia Studio release.’
    • ‘Wilson Cruz is respectable as the sexually confused, morally stable, and guilt ridden member of the trio.’
    • ‘The icing on the cake is Sophie Bryde who, in Zoe, plays a great angst ridden teenager doing community service.’
    • ‘Rather his premiership is a specific manifestation of the parasitic and crisis ridden character of the British bourgeoisie.’
    • ‘Police said that a bullet-ridden body was recovered from Krankshivan area of Sopore in Baramulla district.’
    • ‘With these things costing no less than Rs70, 000 apiece, this debt ridden friend of mine really has an issue here.’
    • ‘There is a zone ridden by conflict issues just on the other side of the Black sea.’
    • ‘It is now or never for Hutton's problem ridden Tommy Wilson youth centre as Brentwood Council launches a last stand to make it a success.’
    • ‘The court rooms play host to crusty gout ridden old men that wouldn't know justice if it was to smack them on the snout.’
    • ‘A man who claimed to love animals allowed a pony to suffer neglect in a field where it became ridden with lice and worms, with little food or water.’
    • ‘The quarters were rat and flea-ridden; there were no bandages, mattresses or mugs, food or fuel.’
    • ‘Joe had passed from being healthy one minute to this fever-ridden body the next.’
    • ‘That smell, my fellow cellulite-ridden brothers and sisters, that smell is not cup cakes, toaster strudel or spaghetti!’
    • ‘Damien picked his way through the corpse-ridden Plutonian landscape.’
  • 4Yield to (a blow) so as to reduce its impact.

    ‘Harrison drew back his jaw as if riding the blow’
    • ‘Jay-jay Okocha supplied the attacking inspiration as Wanderers rode the early blows to pose some serious first half problems of their own.’
    • ‘Leger favourite Enchanting Hero gave his supporters reason to sweat in the early stages of Heat 9 when forced to ride a few hefty bumps.’
  • 5vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse with.

  • 6North American Annoy, pester, or tease.

    ‘if you don't give all the kids a chance to play, the parents ride you’
    • ‘What's more, when Baltimore is on the road, opposing fans will ride him like he's never been ridden.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, I am just a player, and it's not something that has been riding me too hard.’
    pester, badger, hound, harry, plague, torment, bedevil, persecute, bother, annoy, exasperate, worry, disturb, trouble, agitate, provoke, vex
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  • 1A journey made on horseback, on a bicycle or motorcycle, or in a vehicle.

    figurative ‘investors have had a bumpy ride’
    ‘did you enjoy your ride?’
    • ‘Other attractions included pony rides, farm animals, a bee-keeper and vintage cars.’
    • ‘The pair, who used their two-week summer holiday for the journey, finished on time, despite a bumpy ride.’
    • ‘Pony rides, dog displays, live music and a barbecue are among the other attractions which run from 1pm until 4pm and admission is free.’
    • ‘There were donkey rides and ice cream, deck chairs and face painting - and even sunshine.’
    • ‘Villagers also enjoyed spectacular helicopter rides as well as listening to sound advice from Bromley police and firefighters.’
    • ‘You snatch private moments before red-carpet engagements, outside screenings, in the brief car rides between venues.’
    • ‘With water rides, mermaid shows, animal shows, riverboat rides, and scuba experiences, it's sure to delight.’
    • ‘Events include animal demonstrations, stalls run by groups such as Animal Samaritans, pony rides, barbecues and a pet blessing.’
    • ‘A number of Colorado outfitters offer dinner sleigh rides that range from casual to elegant.’
    • ‘The trips listed here are typical of dinner sleigh rides you can find throughout the Rockies.’
    • ‘Her Fridays usually didn't consist of power walks and bicycle rides, she says.’
    • ‘Geraldine Gibson of Sleights, whom Freshwater helped with children's donkey rides, had taken pity on him after he asked her for help.’
    • ‘All 26 Christmas train rides sold out weeks in advance.’
    • ‘Write letters to the Environment Ministry to persuade officials to protect elephants in their own homes, stop visiting animal circuses and avoid elephant rides.’
    • ‘Rebecca spent her entire taxi ride apprehensive about showing up at a stranger's place.’
    • ‘There are also tractor and pony rides for the children over the Easter weekend.’
    • ‘People were asked to give their reasons for not eating the healthy food they wanted to - for example, the nearest shop selling affordable health food is two bus rides away and I haven't got a car.’
    • ‘By 1946 he could only get around by taking taxi rides, a few steps would make him short of breath.’
    • ‘Children and families took tractor rides to see about 100 lambs being born in barns and fields across farmland at nearby Notton Farm.’
    • ‘After a couple of escalator rides followed by an elevator and a little bit walking, I was finally now at the Commander's office door.’
    trip, journey, drive, run, expedition, excursion, outing, jaunt, tour, airing, turn, sally
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    1. 1.1North American A person giving someone a lift in their vehicle.
      ‘their ride into town had dropped them off near the bridge’
      • ‘My ride pulled to the road's shoulder, hazards flashing.’
      • ‘I'd have dumped him on the spot if he hadn't been my ride home, but we went back to his house and watched videos, and then I didn't want to dump him anymore.’
      • ‘The issue with their schooling is actually the same as many other students - co-ordinating rides to school!’
      • ‘And, well, after Mysti talked to me, I kind of needed a ride to town so I could help.’
      • ‘After cleaning up and finding a ride into town, Seth and I didn't hesitate with spending most of the money on Tomas' credit card.’
      • ‘If you stay here the night I can get you a ride into one of the border towns tomorrow morning.’
    2. 1.2US informal A motor vehicle.
      ‘that green Chevy over there, that's my ride’
      • ‘He had seen his ride behind the jeep, and he just wanted to go home.’
      • ‘After a night of guzzling beers in a field, the group awakens to find the fan belt in one of their pimped rides has been tampered with.’
      • ‘For young consumers intent on immediately customizing their new rides, that extra money might turn into the most powerful incentive of all.’
      • ‘Compared to most open-wheel rides, stock cars are heavy and have virtually no give on their front ends.’
      • ‘And nowadays, the marketplace wants dubs and shiny bling bling to spruce up otherwise unbearably ordinary rides.’
      • ‘Still, for those with the means and the need for SUV speed with Porsche image, this might be the ride.’
    3. 1.3 The quality of comfort or smoothness offered by a vehicle while it is being driven, as perceived by the driver or passenger.
      ‘the ride is comfortable, though there is a slight roll when cornering’
      • ‘This leads to a stiffer ride, poor fuel economy due to higher rolling resistance, and limitations in its repairability.’
      • ‘The ride is firm, but not harsh and the SportCross handles corners like the sedan.’
      • ‘The ride is made sportier by the combination of the bigger tires and slightly stiffer bushings, and steering is tightened up via a different steering gear.’
      • ‘The ride was especially harsh over a short stretch of washboard road.’
      • ‘The ride and NVH is surprisingly good for what amounts to a box on wheels.’
      • ‘She thinks the Rendezvous duplicates the softer ride of a Buick sedan without being sloppy, thanks in part to an independent rear suspension.’
      • ‘Nissan's new minivan has a decent ride, but it's not as comfy as the Sienna.’
      • ‘It helps in cutting fuel expenses at the same time in making your ride livelier.’
      • ‘It's all the utility of a crossover with the ride and handling of a sports sedan.’
      • ‘There are a lot of trade-offs in determining the ride and handling.’
      • ‘Some of us still like a little bounce in our ride.’
      • ‘This gives the MDX a ride that resembles a sportier version of its minivan sibling Odyssey.’
      • ‘For a relatively affordable price, this vehicle offers a smooth ride and easy comfort.’
      • ‘Scenic II combines the spaciousness of an MPV with the ride and handling of a sedan.’
      • ‘On the expressway, the ride is that of a plush luxury car.’
      • ‘Going larger would have degraded the ride significantly.’
      • ‘I didn't have any trouble finding any of the buttons and switches inside and I wasn't surprised by the ride and handling.’
      • ‘The ride is suppler than on many a car of similar performance, and mid-corner bumps and surface changes are taken easily in the Golf's stride.’
      • ‘At the same time, the suspension keeps body roll to a minimum, but not at the cost of a harsh ride.’
      • ‘BMW's unique Telelever front suspension helps prevent fork dive under heavy breaking while maintaining a compliant ride.’
    4. 1.4 A path, typically one through woods, for riding horses.
      • ‘Land formations and sightings of land, water and air creatures from 12 actual trail rides are documented in great detail.’
      • ‘On Sunday, the first evening of the ride, a Nez Perce chief will bless the trail ride.’
      footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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    5. 1.5Canadian A demonstration of horse riding as an entertainment.
  • 2A roller coaster, merry-go-round, or other amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.

    • ‘Fairground rides, stalls and games are booked to keep the crowds entertained.’
    • ‘It always made him feel like he was on an ride at an amusement park.’
    • ‘It's about an old man named Eddie, who dies trying to save the life of a little girl when a ride at the amusement park where he works goes haywire.’
    • ‘We descended from the castle to keep a promise to our daughter to let her go on a fairground ride near the town harbour.’
    • ‘The rides are often designed for rafts, so a family can pile in for what still amounts to a softer thrill - compared with the latest and scariest roller coasters.’
    • ‘When I was a kid I loved the rides at amusements parks - the Zipper, the Swings, the Polar Express and even those cheesy haunted houses.’
    • ‘An aqua show, a mega book exhibition, a food court, and an amusement park with over 20 imported amusement rides will also be a part of the fair, Mr. Nair said.’
    • ‘In the park there were various fairground rides and the usual stalls and attractions.’
    • ‘Golden Acre Park opened in 1932 as a large amusement park with rides, boating lake and miniature railway.’
    • ‘Giovanni visits an amusement park: a ride jostles him violently, but his face remains immobile, stricken, dead.’
    • ‘The hotel owner said the ride didn't malfunction; it is actually designed to shut down in heavy winds.’
    • ‘The 30-second ad has become so popular that there is serious talk of creating just such a ride at an amusement park in Florida.’
    • ‘The amusement park had rides and booths and games.’
    • ‘Visitors can feed dolphins, pet stingrays, catch a Cirque de la Mer acrobatic show or enjoy a host of rides like Journey to Atlantis, Kraken, or Wild Arctic.’
    • ‘Choose from dodgems, water slides, waltzers - pretty much any ride you can think of.’
    • ‘Even being surrounded by the music and rides couldn't lift my spirits.’
    • ‘His effort with a toupee was equally unsuccessful when a ride at the local amusement park caused his wig to come undone - hair-raising experience indeed!’
    • ‘Oh, and on the haunted house ride you can now shoot the spooks with ray guns.’
    • ‘I don't do anything else real fast, and you won't get me near some of those rides at an amusement park.’
    • ‘I liked the fairground rides and I got soaked on the Lost River.’
  • 3vulgar slang An act of sexual intercourse.

  • 4A cymbal used for keeping up a continuous rhythm.

    • ‘Soon after, a swing groove on the ride cymbal signals the starting point, with a Rhodes piano comping gently on top, followed quickly by angular horns and a vocal ensemble that sounds every bit the modern day Fifth Dimension.’
    • ‘The producer ran 414s on the ride cymbal and hi-hat.’
    • ‘It suddenly takes an aggressive post-rock turn with the addition of a ride cymbal, drums, and scratching noises until poignant melody lines appear, played by what sounds like strings paired with woodwinds.’
    • ‘I learned to play on a kit with a hi-hat, a crash cymbal, and a ride cymbal.’
    • ‘Changes are mostly in the details: a little phaser on the guitars, or more ride cymbal in the drums, and the only way you're going to truly hear all of the subtleties is to crank the volume to neighbor-baiting levels and listen closely.’


  • for the ride

    • For pleasure or interest, rather than any serious purpose.

      ‘I don't need anything at the mall, but I'm happy to go along for the ride’
      • ‘Her body was taking her on a journey, and for the most part she found it exhilarating just to be along for the ride.’
      • ‘I figure if a driver wants company to Flin Flon, why not go along for the ride?’
      • ‘The future is in their hands, though the rest of us will be taken along for the ride.’
      • ‘Sure, sometimes Stanwyck drove men to their doom, but she wanted to go along for the ride.’
      • ‘It's no good thinking they will come along for the ride out of curiosity - they have to be convinced.’
      • ‘When it becomes clear that I'm just here to watch, a voyeur along for the ride, I'm challenged.’
      • ‘For the next three weeks, the Marines pushed north and we went along for the ride.’
      • ‘You get a real sense that they know that they are leading the parade, not just coming along for the ride.’
      • ‘I was happy to go along for the ride and soon stopped worrying about accuracy.’
      • ‘It's best just to go along for the ride and not really pay attention to the story.’
  • let something ride

    • Take no immediate action over something.

      • ‘I felt proud of myself for letting it ride, but couldn't sleep anyway as it happens.’
      • ‘Mr Gittoes said he had decided to let the matter ride, but would prefer people see his film.’
      • ‘We let your losses ride because you had a rep out in Seattle for paying up and continuing to be a player.’
      • ‘But I sometimes think that my ex and I managed to communicate ourselves right out of the relationship, so now I'm trying to teach myself to let things ride and not to scrutinize every little comment or gesture.’
      • ‘But as long as there's no damage to the car or any passenger, I let things ride.’
      • ‘Of course, it would take a lot of my time to contact all these sites and media outlets to correct their errors and I think it's more important I spend my time on my next book or movie so I just let it ride.’
      • ‘Dean was not happy with the lie, but he was coaxed into letting it ride.’
      • ‘Whatever you do, don't let things ride for too long.’
      • ‘We'd discussed the possibility of my leaving at the end of this journey, and had finally decided to let things ride for a while, and to see what happened.’
      • ‘Is P & G just letting the story ride so that all the networks come back and say, please, we'll take off 10 percent of the price, just please advertise with us?’
      deliberately ignore, not take into consideration, disregard, take no notice of, take no account of, accept, allow, make allowances for, let pass, turn a blind eye to, overlook, forget, wink at, blink at, connive at
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  • ride herd on

    • Keep watch over.

      ‘a man to ride herd on this frenetically paced enterprise’
      • ‘Editors have a tough enough job riding herd on local staffs and the journalism they generate, making sure that standards of quality, taste, and accuracy are met in every story, every day.’
      • ‘With audit fees shrinking to a sliver of overall revenues, accountants had even less incentive to ride herd on their clients.’
      • ‘There is little question that science is on his side, since neuroscientific explanations of perception, cognition, and behavior leave less and less of a role for a separate mental agent riding herd on the body.’
      • ‘Yet the IMF rode herd on countries such as Indonesia, which found it politically impossible to fulfill the more than 100 conditions attached to its 1998 bailout.’
      • ‘Those parents are wrong, because they are responsible for both riding herd on their progeny and making amends when they don't fulfill that mission.’
      • ‘Unlike the 1980s, which dealt in images of lonely principals riding herd on the staff, today's best-practice districts are weaving learning into the very fabric of the organization.’
      • ‘On the high plains of the West, tough men still ride herd on the open range.’
      • ‘The fact that these parks and forests and animals belong to the citizens of this nation, just like the Smithsonian and the National Gallery, seems to elude both the politicians and the electorate that should be riding herd on them.’
      • ‘Kamen is fairly interesting to watch as he cues in and rides herd on the Symphony throughout the track.’
      • ‘No one rode herd on all those people, forcing them to cooperate for your benefit.’
  • ride high

    • Be successful.

      ‘the economy will be riding high on the top of the next boom’
      • ‘Still riding high on the success of her Ray Of Light album, she made one of 1999's great singles in Beautiful Stranger.’
      • ‘Wanderers were unbeaten in 15 games and at half-time were riding high on the back of goals from John McGinlay and Mark Seagraves.’
      • ‘Aviemore snowboarder and world number three Lesley McKenna is riding high on a wave of recent successes.’
      • ‘It was a close encounter against the second string of a very successful senior side riding high amongst the professional clubs.’
      • ‘Sounds like you're riding pretty high and you're no doubt attached to the persona you've crafted for yourself.’
      • ‘This week they are riding high at number 21 in the UK charts.’
      • ‘But with the president riding high in public opinion and paying morale boosting visits to his troops, nothing was further from the truth.’
      • ‘The Beatles and The Supremes were riding high in the charts when the class of 1964 embarked upon their studies at Lancaster University.’
      • ‘By early August, Democrat hopes of success were riding high.’
      • ‘If he capitalizes and continues to ride high, his championship hopes are good.’
  • ride the pine (or bench)

    • informal (of an athlete) sit on the sidelines rather than participate in a game or event.

      • ‘He has speed and defense on his side, but riding the bench surely won't help him develop as a hitter.’
      • ‘He came to L.A. as an all-star guard, rode the bench through the team's title run, then quickly and quietly faded away.’
      • ‘After riding the bench with Tampa Bay and Cleveland, he was given a chance to play every day and ran with the opportunity.’
      • ‘The captain of the injured reserve squad picked up right where he left off last season, riding the pine.’
      • ‘If Leftwich and Boller sit, that could be a lot of money tied up riding the pine, and that fact helps the rookies' chances.’
      • ‘A deeper team roster has been added for each squad, boosting the number of available players that ride the pine to twenty athletes.’
      • ‘Another player who left the Giants as a free agent and has not prospered, Cornelia was supposed to cure what had ailed the Titans' running game, but he barely was a factor early on and wound up riding the bench more than anticipated.’
      • ‘As a result, the decision of who goes north with the big-league club, who rides the bench and who gets to ride the buses in the minors has become more complex.’
      • ‘He wound up riding the bench for the Crew in the U.S. Open Cup final when Mark Dougherty was sidelined with a knee injury.’
      • ‘Dilfer rode the bench behind Tony Banks for most of the season before getting his first start a week ago.’
  • ride the rails

    • informal Ride on a train, especially on a freight train, and without permission.

      • ‘He became a hobo and rode the rails for several years, quitting a full-ride art scholarship right when it was kicking in.’
      • ‘Keiran wandered into the subway, because it was slightly warmer on the trains, and rode the rails for about an hour, just switching trains whenever, still unsure of where he was going.’
      • ‘This was an era of robber barons and child labor, hobos riding the rods.’
      • ‘Like Woody Guthrie riding the rails, Browning rides buses all over Canada, the United States and Europe singing modern tales of the road that still have traces of Depression-era dust on them.’
      • ‘I could tell Doc disliked that begging tone that crept into his voice, and I can't imagine him panhandling his way round the expanding cities of the old east and new west, riding the rails and always having to ask someone for something.’
      • ‘One of the deans commented, ‘Now I know what it feels like to be a ticketless hobo riding the rods.’’
      • ‘To that end, he disguises himself as a hobo and goes out in the world with only a dime in his pocket, riding the rails in order to experience the life of society's poorest members firsthand.’
      • ‘I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again.’
      • ‘They're amusing anecdotes about riding the rails and living the life of a hobo.’
      • ‘Depending on varying degrees of legality and local support, the American scene was continually shifting as the decade progressed, and the fighters were on the move, riding the rails to box, or second, or witness bouts.’
  • ride roughshod over

    • Carry out one's own plans or wishes with arrogant disregard for (others or their wishes)

      ‘he rode roughshod over everyone else's opinions’
      • ‘But what is not right is for the Minister to do that in such a way that it rides roughshod over the life plans that are made by thousands of people.’
      • ‘However, it is clear that obstetricians cannot ride roughshod over women's choices.’
      • ‘They are now putting out the view that management rode roughshod over the wishes of councillors but this couldn't be further from the truth.’
      • ‘We are furious that the council have passed this monstrosity because they are riding roughshod over the wishes of local residents.’
      • ‘If you don't take the people with you then you alienate them and we don't want to jeopardise the work of three or four years by riding roughshod over what people think.’
      • ‘The days when giant corporations can ride roughshod over the wishes and needs of their customers are, thankfully, long gone.’
      • ‘And in doing so they have ridden roughshod over the rights of disabled people.’
      • ‘Nobody is suggesting that the planners be allowed to ride roughshod over the wishes of the affected public, or that the right to object to a particular development should be withdrawn.’
      • ‘This council has a habit of riding roughshod over the wishes of its residents, surely we do not expect this of the elected representative in Parliament.’
      • ‘Last time around they just rode roughshod over us but this time time there seems to be a better dialogue.’
      treat with contempt, disregard, set at naught, trample over, show no consideration for, treat inconsiderately, treat disrespectfully, ignore, discount, encroach on, infringe, abuse, do violence to
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  • — rides again

    • Used to indicate that someone or something has reappeared unexpectedly and with new vigor.

      • ‘Next week, crime fiction writer and University of Western Sydney lecturer Jane Goodall rides again.’
      • ‘The Loon rides again with attack on Sun's comic value’
      • ‘The Spanish Inquisition rides again, coyotes call in the darkness, and, just for a little while, all is right with the world.’
      • ‘And, nowhere is it written that if Mr. Toad rides again he has to ride alone.’
      • ‘‘Sensuous’ Madonna rides again, with breathy vocals courtesy of Baby Doll Madonna.’
      • ‘Pittsburgh Tribune editorial columnist Dmitri Vassilaros takes note: ‘Genghis John rides again.’’
  • a rough (or easy) ride

    • A difficult (or easy) time doing something.

      ‘rebel shareholders are expected to give officials a rough ride’
      ‘the president has been given a rough ride by this conservative Congress’
      • ‘Two different approaches from two very different managers, but it was easy to see why both have had a rough ride in their new jobs.’
      • ‘No-one gets an easy ride, no-one receives hero status, and when they get the right ingredients the formula fizzes.’
      • ‘But once again, Maisy and Ruby were in for a rough ride when Maisy caught an infection and Julie had to undergo an emergency caesarean at just 31 weeks.’
      • ‘Jeering nurses yesterday gave Health Minister John Denham a rough ride over some of Labour's most controversial health policies.’
      • ‘It was a rough ride, a tough time for all the contestants but we were having a ball on the boat and I wanted to finish off what I started.’
      • ‘It seemed to be only those supporting some form of change in the law who were given a rough ride.’
      • ‘Later today, the Bill was facing a rough ride in the Lords as ministers try to force the measures through before March 14, when the old provisions run out.’
      • ‘All airlines had a rough ride in 2001, but US Airways arguably had the roughest.’
      • ‘After a rough ride at the start, Crombie's open manner and on-time delivery of the change agenda appears to be winning around the institutions key to selling the prospectus.’
      • ‘Flat jockeys have an easier ride of it than their jump colleagues but it is still a demanding lifestyle.’
  • take someone for a ride

    • informal Deceive or cheat someone.

      • ‘He takes the entire town for a ride, escaping just before his true identity is revealed.’
      • ‘In other words, they were taken for a ride by the Australian vendors or their agents.’
      • ‘My only intention is to expose the companies that are taking the consumers for a ride.’
      • ‘Take the Hitler Diaries - we were taken for a ride with those.’
      • ‘The people of Islington have been taken for a ride.’
      • ‘There is a growing realisation that they were taken for a ride by the Congress.’
      • ‘How do you make sure that you are not taken for a ride by the brokers?’
      • ‘‘Even if he does realise he has been taken for a ride, I don't think he will care,’ Noble reflects.’
      • ‘We do understand that perhaps there is a lack of passion in their relationship, but we do still feel that she is taking everyone for a ride.’
      • ‘Naturally he feels that he has been taken for a ride.’
  • ride to (the) hounds

    • Go hunting (especially fox hunting) on horseback with a pack of dogs.

      • ‘Scotland's ban on fox hunting came into force more than two years ago - but on Saturday mornings it is still possible to see hunters riding to hounds in fields and lanes across the country.’
      • ‘He is a stout defender of all field sports, and likes to shoot and to fish, yet he doesn't ride to hounds, partly because he can't stand what he calls the insufferable social life which surrounds fox-hunting.’
      • ‘The majority of activists who actually ride to hounds are relatively affluent members of society.’
      • ‘Kyle Jones unearths the real expense involved in riding to hounds.’
      • ‘He writes about the camp black dandy who partnered one of his fellow Tory MPs to a Conservative function in his constituency and circulated among Parris's constituents asking if they rode to hounds.’
      • ‘But we do expect that if you cannot ride to hounds to hunt the fox, then the drag hunt in its present form is an acceptable alternative.’
      • ‘She hunts because she enjoys riding to hounds, not because she enjoys watching animals get killed.’
      • ‘Hunters will ride to hounds for years without seeing a fox, much less seeing it caught.’
      • ‘Last week around 400,000 people from rural England and Wales descended on London to protest the government's stand on riding to hounds.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • ride someone down

    • Trample or overtake someone while on horseback.

      • ‘He is a unit in a line rushing on the enemy with the one idea of riding him down and transfixing him with his rigid saber, held at the position of charge saber.’
      • ‘They ride us down with their horses, whip us, and people are always assaulted.’
  • ride on

    • Depend on.

      ‘there is a great deal of money riding on the results of these studies’
      • ‘So there is a lot riding on Fisher's industrial-baroque design.’
      • ‘And for years it was true that our economy rode on the sheep's back.’
      • ‘British director David Mackenzie has great hopes riding on him for his new film, Young Adam, at the Cannes film festival next week.’
      • ‘Just two to go and there are three skins riding on this again!’
      • ‘It is good the knock-out system is gone, the knowledge that all those months of preparation are riding on one afternoon.’
      • ‘So much rode on his store's success, and here it was bleeding money in big river of red.’
      • ‘It wasn't like his life depended on it but there was a lot riding on this trip.’
      • ‘And Parkes is fully aware of what's riding on the outcome of the next eight games as Rovers battle for Premiership survival.’
      • ‘Billions in profits are riding on the success or failure of such drugs, as are the hopes of millions of sufferers from various diseases.’
      • ‘To judge from the English media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the future of a kingdom is riding on Beckham's leg.’
  • ride something out

    • Come safely through something, especially a storm or a period of danger or difficulty.

      ‘the fleet had ridden out the storm’
      • ‘So here I am, riding it out, having been nearly in tears twice today, once over an advert on the tube and once because of something someone said.’
      • ‘As you mature, you learn to ride out the low tides and enjoy the high ones.’
      • ‘The book opens with a metaphor of ships at sea, a small sailing craft that rides out a storm, and a great supertanker crushed by twenty-five meter waves and gale winds.’
      • ‘But, you know, people think you can ride these things out.’
      • ‘A diving team from Endurance helped rig a second anchor, and the combined efforts of the three ships ensured the yacht rode out the storm safely.’
      • ‘In New Jersey, they learned how to ride out a thunderstorm and what to do when the anchor dragged, besides pray.’
      • ‘You always hear the stories of people that say, I'm macho and tough enough, I'm going to ride this thing out.’
      • ‘We tell clients that you will get times like this and you have to ride them out.’
      • ‘Chirac seems determined to ride this problem out.’
      • ‘He added that, ‘Though there may well be a rocky road ahead the South East is well positioned to ride it out.’’
      resist, hold out against, stand firm against, hold one's ground against, stand one's ground against, bear up against, hold the line against, persevere in the face of, stand up to, fight, combat, grapple with, oppose, face, confront, defy, brave
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  • ride up

    • (of a garment) gradually work or move upward out of its proper position.

      ‘her skirt had ridden up’
      • ‘It is called Jeune Fille au Chat and shows a girl aged between 10 and 12 sitting back, hands behind head, and left foot raised on a stool while her skirt rides up to show the gusset of her pants.’
      • ‘Her skirt was riding up, her voice began to tremble a little when I took that corner a little too sharply.’
      • ‘Her hair was mussed up and her skirt was already riding up her legs.’
      • ‘The black skirt Sheree wore rode up her thighs as she wrapped her legs around his waist.’
      • ‘The constant movement caused my skirt to ride up, and the bottom of my thighs squeaked against the leather.’
      • ‘Brad sunk lower into his seat, letting his jacket ride up to cover the back of his head.’
      • ‘I make sure no one sees because I never take my boxers off or let them ride up, even when changing for basketball.’
      • ‘Are they watching, in the hope they see a girl driving a car with windows big enough that they can see her skirt riding up?’
      • ‘I scooted down until I was lying down myself, my skirt riding up a little.’
      • ‘Then I notice that in this sedentary position, the whole ensemble rides up around my waist.’


Old English rīdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijden and German reiten.