rides; rode/ˈroʊd/; ridden/ˈrɪdn̩/; riding rides; rode/ˈroʊd/; ridden/ˈrɪdn̩/; riding
Learner's definition of RIDE
1 : to sit on and control the movements of (a horse, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)
She learned how to ride a horse when she was young.
Most children learn to ride a bicycle at an early age.
He rides his motorcycle to work every day.
2 a : to travel to a place as a passenger on or in (something that is moving, such as a bus, a train, or an elevator)
[+ object]chiefly US
He decided to walk to the movies instead of riding the bus.
She rides the subway home from school.
They rode the elevator/escalator to the second floor.
b : to go on a mechanical ride at an amusement park or similar place
We rode through the park in a horse-drawn carriage.
The dog rode in the back of the truck.
He has never ridden aboard a cruise ship.
3 [+ object], chiefly US : to travel over or on (a road, railway, trail, etc.) in a car, on a train, on a bicycle, etc. 4 [no object], of a vehicle : to move over the surface of a road in a specified way 5 [+ object] : to be supported or carried on (a wave) : to move on (a wave) 6 [+ object], US, informal : to criticize or make jokes about (someone) constantly or frequently in usually a harsh or annoying way
be riding for a fallinformal
: to be doing something that is likely to lead to failure or disaster
be riding highinformal
1 : to be very happy and excited 2 : to be very successful
let (something) rideinformal
: to allow (something) to go unnoticed : to ignore (something)
ride herd onUS, informal
: to keep (someone or something) under close watch or control
ride on[phrasal verb]
ride on (something or someone)
1 : to depend on (something or someone) 2
◊ If you have money riding on something or someone, you have bet money on that thing or person.
ride out[phrasal verb]
ride (something) out or ride out (something)
: to succeed in surviving or getting through (something dangerous or harmful that cannot be stopped or avoided)
: to ride in the front passenger seat of a vehicle
ride up[phrasal verb]of clothing
: to move up your body as you move
Learner's definition of RIDE
1 a : a usually short journey in or on a vehicle
b : a usually short journey on a horse or other animal
a two-hour car ride
We went for a ride in the country.
He took me for a ride on his motorcycle. = He gave me a ride on his motorcycle.
I had my first ride in a limousine.
Can I take your bike for a ride? = Can I go for a ride on your bike? [=can I ride your bike?]
Can you give me a ride [=lift] back to town?
I need a ride to work.
She caught/hitched a ride with her coworker.
We went on a horseback ride.
The kids had a ride on a horse.
They offered pony rides at the fair.
2 — used to describe what the experience of riding in a car or other vehicle is like — usually singular — often used figuratively 3 a : a large machine at an amusement park, fair, etc., that people ride on for enjoyment b : the act of riding on such a machine
along for the rideinformal
: doing something with other people without being seriously involved in it or having a serious interest in it
He wasn't really interested in buying anything when we went to the store; he was just along for the ride.
He wasn't really interested, but he came/went along for the ride.
take (someone) for a rideinformal
: to trick or fool (someone) especially in order to get money