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.
- to trample or overturn by riding upon or against.
- to ride up to; overtake; capture: The posse rode down the escaping bank robber.
- Nautical.to bear down upon (a rope of a tackle) with all one's weight.
- to murder, especially by abducting the victim for that purpose.
- to deceive; trick: It was obvious to everyone but me that I was being taken for a ride.
Origin of ride
Related Words for ridetransportation, expedition, outing, drive, tour, jaunt, excursion, float, sit, travel, move, drift, cruise, go, guide, whirl, run, lift, hitch, turn
Examples from the Web for ride
Contemporary Examples of ride
I told them it was back where I parked my car, so they offered me a ride.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
“They just walk around, they ride in their patrol cars, and they just pass by,” he said.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
That ride or die act we have been fooling the world with obviously ain't working.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy
December 7, 2014
She says she worked at Café Figaro, a Los Angeles restaurant co-owned by Cosby, and one day he offered to give her a ride home.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
Historical Examples of ride
He never ceased to feel cheated when he was obliged to ride in New York.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"You are quite welcome to ride with me," returned Grace briefly.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
So they waved their hats recklessly and continued to ride to be in at the death.Way of the Lawless
We reached the camp at sunset, after a day's ride of about 40 miles.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
I've no halter the way I can ride down on the mare, and I must go now quickly.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
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
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