Language: Old English
Origin: ridan


1 verb
ride1 S2 W2 past tense rode, past participle ridden


[intransitive and transitive]DSH 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.


[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]TTB to travel on a bicycle or motorbike:
He had never learned to ride a bicycle.
They mounted their bikes and rode off.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] especially American EnglishTT 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.
! 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.

in a lift

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] American English to travel up or down in a lift
ride up/down
He rode the elevator down to the first floor.
I rode up to the tenth floor.


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.

ride a wave

TTW to float on a wave and move forward with it:
surfboarders riding the waves

be riding high

to feel very happy and confident:
They were still riding high after their election victory.

let something ride

spoken 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.

ride roughshod over something

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.

annoy somebody

[transitive] American English spoken to annoy someone by often criticizing them or asking them to do things:
Why are you riding her so hard?

ride on somebody's shoulders/back

if a child rides on someone's shoulders or back, they are carried in that way

ride a punch/blow

to move back slightly when someone hits you, so that you are not hit with so much force:
He managed to ride the punch.

be riding for a fall

informal 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 something

phrasal verb
if one thing is riding on another, it depends on it:
He knew he had to win - his reputation was riding on it.
There's a lot riding on this match.

ride something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1TTW if a ship rides out a storm, it manages to keep floating until the storm has ended
2 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 up

phrasal verb
DCC if a piece of clothing rides up, it moves upwards so that it is no longer covering your body properly

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