ride1 S2 W2 past tense rode, past participle ridden
to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and make it move along:
animal[intransitive and transitive]DSH
She learned to ride when she was seven.
He was riding a large grey mare.
She arrived riding on a white horse.
ride away/across/through etc
He rode away across the marshes.
to travel on a bicycle or motorbike:
bicycle/motorbike[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]TTB
He had never learned to ride a bicycle.
They mounted their bikes and rode off.
to travel in a bus, car, or other vehicle that you are not driving:
vehicle[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] especially American EnglishTT
We got onto the bus and rode into San Francisco.
The kids were riding in the back.
ride a bus American English! To talk about someone controlling a car or other vehicle, use drive not ride: Lizzy drove the van and we kids rode in the back.
Ann rides the bus to work.
to travel up or down in a lift
in a lift[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] American English
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.
to float on a wave and move forward with it:
surfboarders riding the waves
to feel very happy and confident:
They were still riding high after their election victory.
to take no action about something that is wrong or unpleasant:
What he had said was wrong, and I knew I shouldn't just let it ride.
to ignore someone else's feelings or ideas because you have the power or authority to do this:
The planning authorities should not ride roughshod over the wishes of local people.
to annoy someone by often criticizing them or asking them to do things:
annoy somebody[transitive] American English spoken
Why are you riding her so hard?
if a child rides on someone's shoulders or back, they are carried in that way
to move back slightly when someone hits you, so that you are not hit with so much force:
He managed to ride the punch.
to be doing something unwise which could result in failure:
I had a feeling he was riding for a fall, and tried to tell him so.
ride on somethingphrasal verb
He knew he had to win - his reputation was riding on it.
There's a lot riding on this match.
ride something ↔ outphrasal verb
if a ship rides out a storm, it manages to keep floating until the storm has ended
if you ride out a difficult situation, you are not badly harmed by it:
Most large companies should be able to ride out the recession.
ride upphrasal verb
if a piece of clothing rides up, it moves upwards so that it is no longer covering your body properly