From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrideride1 /raɪd/ ●●● S2 W2 verb (past tense rode /rəʊd $ roʊd/, past participle ridden /ˈrɪdn/) 1 animal [intransitive, transitive]DSHTRAVEL to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and make it move along She learned to ride when she was seven. He was riding a large grey mare.ride on She arrived riding on a white horse.ride away/across/through etc He rode away across the marshes.2 bicycle/motorbike [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]TTB to travel on a bicycle or motorbike He had never learned to ride a bicycle. They mounted their bikes and rode off.3 vehicle [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] especially American EnglishTTTRAVEL to travel in a bus, car, or other vehicle that you are not driving We got onto the bus and rode into San Francisco.ride in The kids were riding in the back.ride a bus American English Ann rides the bus to work. ► Do not use ride to talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle. Use drive: the man who was driving the stolen car4 in a lift [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] American EnglishTRAVEL to travel up or down in a liftride up/down He rode the elevator down to the first floor. I rode up to the tenth floor.5 water/air a) [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]TTW to be floating in water or in the air The smaller boat was lighter and rode higher in the water. The moon was riding high in the sky. There was a large ship riding at anchor in the bay. b) ride a waveTTW to float on a wave and move forward with it surfboarders riding the waves6 → be riding high7 → let something ride8 → ride roughshod over something9 annoy somebody [transitive] American English spokenANNOY to annoy someone by often criticizing them or asking them to do things Why are you riding her so hard?10 → ride on somebody’s shoulders/back11 → ride a punch/blow12 → be riding for a fall → ride on something → ride something ↔ out → ride up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusride• I ride a bicycle to work every day.• After you've been riding a bike all day, you're really glad to reach your campsite.• Riding a motorcycle is safer than riding a scooter.• Louise taught her kids to ride and rope on the ranch.• We still ride hard and take no prisoners.• His teammates are still riding him about striking out.• He used to be ridden in a twisted mouthpiece double bridle and yet still he was very strong.• The rain had stopped but the mosquitoes were out in alarming numbers and there was no jeep to ride in.• Bicyclists should ride on the right side of the street.• Corporate executives got ready to ride the coming demographic wave.• On weekends, this connoisseur of contemporary language stations himself on the couch, clicker in hand, riding the on-air waves.• The kayak rode the waves gently.• I've been riding this horse for a couple of years now and he never lets me down.• They rode through spring - it took two hours or so - and entered summer.ride away/across/through etc• A conveyor belt lifts the doughnuts out of the grease for a slow ride through a white curtain of falling glaze.• Anyway, they're always falling off riding across country and they know how to fall.• The long car ride through the cold night woods flowed back into his mind.• He is working with filmmaker Aaron Yamaguchi on a documentary about SlamAmerica, a poetry bus ride across the country.• It might even be rather pleasant to ride through this strange, beautiful world with the silver moonlight.• The prince and the eldest stepsister rode away together.• Tyrion rode away with his army.ride a bus• Now I won't let my children use the Park and Ride bus.• I rode a bus and went swimming on a field trip.• That left lots of time to kill, so Zen rode a bus back up to the centre and wandered along the Corso.• This was the first time I had ridden a bus downtown by myself.• No prosecutor would want to argue that the defendant rode a bus to a murder.• Do you ride a bus to school?rode the elevator• Quinn pushed the door open, walked through the lobby, and rode the elevator to the eleventh floor.