What does ride mean?

Definitions for ride

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ride.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drive, ride(noun)

    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

    "he took the family for a drive in his new car"

  2. ride(verb)

    a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement

  3. ride, sit(verb)

    sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions

    "She never sat a horse!"; "Did you ever ride a camel?"; "The girl liked to drive the young mare"

  4. ride(verb)

    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

    "I ride to work in a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day"

  5. ride(verb)

    continue undisturbed and without interference

    "Let it ride"

  6. ride(verb)

    move like a floating object

    "The moon rode high in the night sky"

  7. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, ride(verb)

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

    "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"

  8. ride(verb)

    be sustained or supported or borne

    "His glasses rode high on his nose"; "The child rode on his mother's hips"; "She rode a wave of popularity"; "The brothers rode to an easy victory on their father's political name"

  9. drive, ride(verb)

    have certain properties when driven

    "This car rides smoothly"; "My new truck drives well"

  10. depend on, devolve on, depend upon, ride, turn on, hinge on, hinge upon(verb)

    be contingent on

    "The outcomes rides on the results of the election"; "Your grade will depends on your homework"

  11. ride(verb)

    lie moored or anchored

    "Ship rides at anchor"

  12. ride(verb)

    sit on and control a vehicle

    "He rides his bicycle to work every day"; "She loves to ride her new motorcycle through town"

  13. ride(verb)

    climb up on the body

    "Shorts that ride up"; "This skirt keeps riding up my legs"

  14. ride(verb)

    ride over, along, or through

    "Ride the freeways of California"

  15. ride(verb)

    keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot

    "Don't ride the clutch!"

  16. ride, mount(verb)

    copulate with

    "The bull was riding the cow"


  1. ride(Noun)

    An instance of riding.

    Can I have a ride on your bike?

  2. ride(Noun)

    A vehicle.

    That is a nice ride you are driving.

  3. ride(Noun)

    An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.

  4. ride(Noun)

    A lift given to someone in another person's vehicle.

    Can you give me a ride?

  5. ride(Noun)

    a bridleway or other wide country path.

  6. ride(Verb)

    To transport oneself by sitting on and directing a horse, later also a bicycle etc.

  7. ride(Verb)

    To be transported in a vehicle; to travel as a passenger.

  8. ride(Verb)

    To transport (someone) in a vehicle.

    The cab rode him downtown.

  9. ride(Verb)

    Of a ship: to sail, to float on the water.

  10. ride(Verb)

    To be carried or supported by something lightly and quickly; to travel in such a way, as though on horseback.

    The witch cackled and rode away on her broomstick.

  11. ride(Verb)

    To mount (someone) to have sex with them; to have sexual intercourse with.

  12. ride(Verb)

    To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone).

  13. ride(Verb)

    Of clothing: to gradually move (up) and crease; to ruckle.

  14. ride(Verb)

    To rely, depend (on).

  15. ride(Verb)

    Of clothing: to rest (in a given way on a part of the body).

  16. ride(Verb)

    To play defense on the defensemen or midfielders, as an attackman.

  17. Origin: riden, Old English ridan, from rīdanan, from reydʰ-. Cognate with Dutch rijden, German reiten, Swedish rida; and (from Indo-European) with Welsh rhwyddhau.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ride(verb)

    to be carried on the back of an animal, as a horse

  2. Ride(verb)

    to be borne in a carriage; as, to ride in a coach, in a car, and the like. See Synonym, below

  3. Ride(verb)

    to be borne or in a fluid; to float; to lie

  4. Ride(verb)

    to be supported in motion; to rest

  5. Ride(verb)

    to manage a horse, as an equestrian

  6. Ride(verb)

    to support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle; as, a horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast

  7. Ride(verb)

    to sit on, so as to be carried; as, to ride a horse; to ride a bicycle

  8. Ride(verb)

    to manage insolently at will; to domineer over

  9. Ride(verb)

    to convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding

  10. Ride(verb)

    to overlap (each other); -- said of bones or fractured fragments

  11. Ride(noun)

    the act of riding; an excursion on horseback or in a vehicle

  12. Ride(noun)

    a saddle horse

  13. Ride(noun)

    a road or avenue cut in a wood, or through grounds, to be used as a place for riding; a riding


  1. Ride

    Ride were a British shoegazing band that formed in 1988 in Oxford, England, consisting of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence "Loz" Colbert, and Steve Queralt. The band were initially part of the "shoegazing" scene that emerged in England during the early 1990s. Following the break-up of the band in 1996, members moved on to various other projects, most notably Bell who became the bassist for Oasis. In 2001, the band members were briefly reunited for a one-off performance for a television show. Their debut album Nowhere has been named one of the greatest albums of the shoegazing genre, Nowhere was voted number 74 on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s, and closing track "Vapour Trail" was voted at number 145 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ride

    rīd, v.i. to be borne, as on horseback or in a carriage: to practise riding: to manage a horse: to float, as a ship at anchor: to move easily: to domineer: to overlap.—v.t. to do or perform by riding, as a race: to be carried through: to gallop through: to rest on so as to be carried: to control, esp. harshly:—pa.t. rōde; pa.p. rid′den.n. act of riding: an excursion on horseback or in a vehicle: the course passed over in riding, a place for riding: a district inspected by an excise-officer: (print.) a fault caused by the overlapping of leads, &c.—adjs. Rī′dable, Rī′deable, capable of being ridden: passable on horseback.—n. Rī′der, one who rides on a horse: one who manages a horse: one who breaks a horse: a commercial traveller: an addition to a document after its completion, on a separate piece of paper: an additional clause: a mounted robber: a knight: a small forked weight which straddles the beam of a balance to measure the weight: a Dutch gold coin.—adjs. Rī′dered, having stakes laid across the bars; Rī′derless, without a rider; Rī′ding, used to ride or travel: suitable for riding on, as a horse.—n. a road for riding on: a district visited by an excise-officer.—n.pl. Rī′ding-bitts, the bitts to which a ship's cable is secured when riding at anchor.—ns. Rī′ding-boot, a high boot worn in riding; Rī′ding-clerk, a mercantile traveller; Rī′ding-commit′tee, a committee of ministers sent by the General Assembly to carry out an ordination or induction, where the local presbytery refused to act, under the Moderate domination in Scotland in the 18th century; Rī′ding-glove, a gauntlet; Rī′ding-hab′it, the long upper habit, garment, or skirt worn by ladies when riding; Rī′ding-hood, a hood formerly worn by women when riding.—n.pl. Rī′ding-in′terests (Scots law), interests depending on other interests.—ns. Rī′ding-light, a light hung out in the rigging at night when a vessel is riding at anchor; Rī′ding-mas′ter, one who teaches riding; Rī′ding-rhyme, the iambic pentameter, heroic verse—from its use in Chaucer's Tales of the Canterbury pilgrims; Rī′ding-robe, a riding-habit; Rī′ding-rod, a light cane for equestrians; Rī′ding-sail, a triangular sail; Rī′ding-school, a place where riding is taught, esp. a military school; Rī′ding-skirt, a skirt fastened round a woman's waist in riding; Ri′ding-spear, a javelin; Rī′ding-suit, a suit adapted for riding; Rī′ding-whip, a switch with short lash, used by riders; Bush′-rī′der, in Australia, a cross-country rider.—Ride a hobby, to pursue to excess a favourite theory; Ride and tie, to ride and go on foot alternately; Ride down

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ride' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4036

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ride' in Nouns Frequency: #1836

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ride' in Verbs Frequency: #389

Anagrams for ride »

  1. ired

  2. dire

  3. Reid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ride in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ride in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ride in a Sentence

  1. Joey Gibson:

    Im just here for the ride.

  2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

    It was a rather bumpy ride.

  3. Arthur Levine:

    It’s always been a high-demand ride.

  4. Claude Louis Hector de Villars:

    Enjoy destiny's ride, its ur fate!♡!

  5. Wendy Barkett:

    It is going to be a roller coaster ride.

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