verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; rid·den or (Archaic) rid; rid·ing.
verb (used with object), rode or (Archaic) rid; rid·den or (Archaic) rid; rid·ing.
- to sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
- to sustain or endure successfully.
Origin of ride
Origin of -ridden
Examples from the Web for ridden
Contemporary Examples of ridden
Leonard has hung with cops, ridden in squad cars, sat in the courtrooms and precinct houses, seen busts up close.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
Alas, she was thrown onto the rocket sled of celebrity and has ridden to heights never before seen.Don't Run Sarah!
November 24, 2010
In contrast, the core Obama constituencies appear to have ridden out the recession in fine shape.Obama's Secret Power Base
January 1, 2010
Historical Examples of ridden
He had ridden to the end of the street-car line, and started his walk from there.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
You have--what-you-call--ridden over--overridden what I propose, what I try to do.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
As to where she was now he did not know, although they had ridden together to Seville.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The industry and movements of the rider were not less remarkable than those of the ridden.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
We have ridden knee to knee in the field, and we have sought truth together in the chamber.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
verb rides, riding, rode or ridden
- (intr)to drive a car
- (tr)to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
- to cheat, swindle, or deceive
- to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
Word Origin for ride
mid-14c., from past participle of ride (q.v.). Sense evolution, via horses, is from "that which has been ridden upon, broken in" (1520s) to, in compounds, "oppressed, taken advantage of" (1650s).
Old English ridan "sit or be carried on" (as on horseback), "move forward; rock; float, sail" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, past participle riden), from Proto-Germanic *ridanan (cf. Old Norse riða, Old Saxon ridan, Old Frisian rida "to ride," Middle Dutch riden, Dutch rijden, Old High Germn ritan, German reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. Old Irish riadaim "I travel," Old Gaulish reda "chariot").
Meaning "heckle" is from 1912; that of "have sex with (a woman)" is from mid-13c.; that of "dominate cruelly" is from 1580s. To ride out "endure (a storm, etc.) without great damage" is from 1520s. To ride shotgun is 1963, from Old West stagecoach custom in the movies. To ride shank's mare "walk" is from 1846 (see shank (n.)).
1759, "journey on the back of a horse or in a vehicle," from ride (v.); slang meaning "a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1930; sense of "amusement park device" is from 1934. Meaning "act of sexual intercourse" is from 1937. To take (someone) for a ride "tease, mislead, cheat," is first attested 1925, American English, possibly from underworld sense of "take on a car trip with intent to kill" (1927). Phrase go along for the ride in the figurative sense "join in passively" is from 1956. A ride cymbal (1956) is used by jazz drummers for keeping up continuous rhythm, as opposed to a crash cymbal (ride as "rhythm" in jazz slang is recorded from 1936).
In addition to the idioms beginning with ride
- ride for a fall
- ride hellbent for leather
- ride herd on
- ride high
- ride out
- ride roughshod over
- ride shotgun
- ride up
- along for the ride
- go along (for the ride)
- gravy train, ride the
- hitch a ride
- let ride
- take someone for a ride