What does ride mean?

Definitions for ride

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ride.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drive, ridenoun

    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)

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

  2. rideverb

    a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement

  3. ride, sitverb

    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. rideverb

    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle

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

  5. rideverb

    continue undisturbed and without interference

    "Let it ride"

  6. rideverb

    move like a floating object

    "The moon rode high in the night sky"

  7. tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, rally, rideverb

    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. rideverb

    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, rideverb

    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 uponverb

    be contingent on

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

  11. rideverb

    lie moored or anchored

    "Ship rides at anchor"

  12. rideverb

    sit on and control a vehicle

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

  13. rideverb

    climb up on the body

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

  14. rideverb

    ride over, along, or through

    "Ride the freeways of California"

  15. rideverb

    keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot

    "Don't ride the clutch!"

  16. ride, mountverb

    copulate with

    "The bull was riding the cow"


  1. ridenoun

    An instance of riding.

    Can I have a ride on your bike?

  2. ridenoun

    A vehicle.

    That is a nice ride you are driving.

  3. ridenoun

    An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.

  4. ridenoun

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

    Can you give me a ride?

  5. ridenoun

    a bridleway or other wide country path.

  6. rideverb

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

  7. rideverb

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

  8. rideverb

    To transport (someone) in a vehicle.

    The cab rode him downtown.

  9. rideverb

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

  10. rideverb

    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. rideverb

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

  12. rideverb

    To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone).

  13. rideverb

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

  14. rideverb

    To rely, depend (on).

  15. rideverb

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

  16. rideverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Rideverb

    To manage insolently at will.

    Humility does not make us servile or insensible, nor oblige us to be ridden at the pleasure of every coxcomb. Collier.

    The nobility could no longer endure to be ridden by bakers, coblers and brewers. Jonathan Swift, Presbyterian Plea.

  2. To RIDEverb

    preter. rid or rode; part. rid or ridden.

    Etymology: ridan , Saxon; rijden, Dutch.

    Brutus and Cassius
    Are rid, like madmen, through the gates of Rome. William Shakespeare.

    Were you but riding forth to air yourself,
    Such parting were too petty. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden? Numb.

    So stands a forest tall of mountain oaks
    Advanc’d to mighty growth; the traveller
    Hears from the humble valley, where he rides,
    The hollow murmurs of the winds that blow
    Amidst the boughs. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Let your master ride on before, and do you gallop after him. Jonathan Swift, Directions to the Groom.

    Infected be the air whereon they ride. William Shakespeare.

    Upon this chaos rid the distressed ark, that bore the small remains of mankind. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    As venerable Nestor, hatch’d in silver,
    Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-tree,
    On which heav’n rides, knit all the Grecian ears
    To his experienc’d tongue. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

    Skill to ride seems a science,
    Proper to gentle blood; some others feign,
    To manage steeds, as did this vaunter; but in vain. F. Q.

    The horses I saw well chosen, ridden, and furnished. William Shakespeare.

    Inspir’d by love, whose business is to please,
    He rode, he fenc’d, he mov’d with graceful ease. Dryden.

    On the Western coast
    Rideth a puissant army. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    The sea was grown so rough, that the admiral was not able longer to ride it out with his gallies; but was enforced to slip his anchors, and run his gallies on ground. Richard Knolles.

    They were then in a place to be aided by their ships, which rode near in Edinburgh Frith. John Hayward.

    Waiting him his royal fleet did ride,
    And willing winds to their low’r’d sails deny’d. Dryden.

    Men once walk’d where ships at anchor ride. Dryden.

    Now on their coasts our conquering navy rides,
    Way-lays their merchants, and their land besets. Dryden.

    A credulous father, and a brother noble,
    Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
    That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
    My practices rid easy. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. Ride

    Ride (originally called "Ride or Die") is the second single from Ace Hoods debut album Gutta. It features Trey Songz, and is produced by The Inkredibles. T-Pain wrote the chorus. The video was shot on August 1, 2008. The song was originally titled "Ride or Die", until Def Jam renamed it "Ride" because it was more radio-friendly.


  1. ride

    A ride can be generally defined as a journey or trip made by a person in a vehicle or on an animal, typically for the purpose of transportation or recreation. It often involves sitting or being positioned in a vehicle or on a mode of transportation and being taken from one place to another. Rides can be taken for various purposes such as commuting, leisure, or even for attending events or activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rideverb

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

  2. Rideverb

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

  3. Rideverb

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

  4. Rideverb

    to be supported in motion; to rest

  5. Rideverb

    to manage a horse, as an equestrian

  6. Rideverb

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

  7. Rideverb

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

  8. Rideverb

    to manage insolently at will; to domineer over

  9. Rideverb

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

  10. Rideverb

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

  11. Ridenoun

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

  12. Ridenoun

    a saddle horse

  13. Ridenoun

    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, to overthrow, treat with severity; Ride easy, when a ship does not pitch—opp. to Ride hard, when she pitches violently; Ride in the marrow-bone coach(slang), to go on foot; Ride out, to keep afloat throughout a storm; Ride over, to domineer; Ride rough-shod, to pursue a course regardless of the consequences to others; Ride shank's mare (slang), to walk; Ride the high horse, to have grand airs; Ride the marches (see March); Ride the Spanish mare, to be put astride a boom as a punishment; Ride the wild mare (Shak.), to play at see-saw; Ride to hounds, to take part in a fox-hunt, esp. to ride close behind the hounds; Riding the fair, the ceremony of proclaiming a fair. [A.S. ridan; Dut. rijden, Ger. reiten.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. ridenoun

    A vehicle. So we rode in his ride -- Ice-T (Bitches 2). Most rappers would consider a 'ride' to be a very luxurious car, such as a Ferrari or Mercedes Benz. Lamborghinis and Porschias are also popular. Some rappers like to 'soup up' their 'rides' by taking older or more affordable cars such as Cadillacs, and adding nicer rims, seats, interiors, or sometimes by adding hydraulics.

Suggested Resources

  1. ride

    Song lyrics by ride -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by ride on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. RIDE

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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. dire

  2. Reid

  3. ired

  4. dier

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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. Olympian Connor Fields:

    At this point, it is not 100 percent, but it doesn't impinge my ability to ride or do anything on the track.

  2. Made:

    Ricky See thats what I'm talking about bobby, first class. You've got to get used to this my man, you deserve it. Hey ladies, you missed out on staying at the SoHo Grand on this trip you know what I mean. Listen, I'd offer you a ride in my limo, but I got to stretch my shit out. I'm a tall drink of water, don't want to wrinkle anything.

  3. Alan Fung:

    As you’re driving along a cobble stone road you have dampeners in your car that make it a nice smooth ride and that’s what were doing for astronauts.

  4. Og Mandino:

    Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success.

  5. Dan Campbell:

    You don’t always get these type of experiences, but to me that embodies enjoying the ride because that was pretty cool. It was a moment, I can tell you that.

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