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verb ride pronunciation in American English /raɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleriding
past tenserode
past participleridden
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and control its movements as it moves along
    I learned to ride only last year.
    Children were taking turns riding a pony.
    ride on: Have you ever ridden on a camel?
    ride into: knights riding into battle
    ride away/off: She rode away at a gentle trot.
    1. a.
      to sit on a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., and control it as it moves along
      The little children rode their tricycles around the playground.
      ride on: He rides to school on his bicycle.
      ride away/off: They rode off on their motorcycles.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to travel in a car, train, airplane, boat, etc., especially as a passenger
    ride in: They rode to the wedding in a carriage.
    ride around: He enjoys riding around in his new car.
    ride on: She rode over to the island on a ferry.
    ride through: They rode through the streets of the city.
    1. a.
      [transitive] American to use a form of transportation, especially as a passenger
      the dangers of riding the New York subway at night
      The children rode the bus to school.
      Nothing more was said as we rode the elevator down to the first floor.
  3. 3
    [transitive] American to criticize someone in an annoying way
    If you’d stop riding him so much, he’d be able to get his job done.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to take part in a race on a horse, bicycle, motorcycle, etc.
    Are you riding in tomorrow’s race?
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] to float, or to appear to float, on water or in the air
    surfers riding the waves
    Seagulls were riding the air currents at the cliff face.


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