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verb ride pronunciation in British English /raɪd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyride
he/she/itrides
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.
    a group of children riding donkeys on the beach
    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.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to sit on a bicycle, motorcycle etc, and control it as it moves along
      The little kids were riding 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, plane 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 did not ride on the bus all the way there.
    ride through: They rode through the streets of the city.
    1. a.
      [transitive] American to use a form of transport, especially as a passenger
      the dangers of riding the New York subway at night
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to take part in a race on a horse, bicycle, motorcycle etc
    Are you riding in tomorrow’s race?
  4. 4
    [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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