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verb     ride pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleriding
past tenserode
past participleridden
  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.

    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

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