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 waves 6 → 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.rideride2 ●●● S3 noun [countable] 1 car/train etcTTCDRIVE a journey in a vehicle, when you are not driving → liftride in He invited me to go for a ride in his new car. Can you give me a ride back to town? Sammy had promised to take me for a ride in his truck. I managed to get a ride down to the station. We hitched a ride (=got a free ride from a passing vehicle) into town.car/bus/train etc ride A fifteen minute taxi ride will take you to the airport.a smooth/comfortable/bumpy etc ride The new model offers a lovely smooth, comfortable ride.► see thesaurus at journey2 horse/bicycle a journey on a bicycle, a horse, or a similar animalride on Can I have a ride on your bike?a bike/bicycle ride Shall we go for a bike ride this afternoon?3 → a rough/easy ride4 → a bumpy ride5 → take somebody for a ride6 → come/go along for the ride7 machine at a fairDLO a large machine that people ride on for fun at a fair We went on loads of rides.8 pathTTRROAD/PATH literary a path for riding on a horse in the countryside a grassy rideCOLLOCATIONSverbstake/have a rideVisitors can take a ride on a steam train.go for a rideHe went for a ride in a private plane piloted by a friend.give somebody a rideEllie gave us a ride to school.get a ride American English:I left the farm that night, and got a ride into town.hitch a ride (=get a free ride from a passing vehicle)He hitched a ride to Denver on a truck.take somebody for a rideHugh took me for a ride in his new car.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + ridea car/bus/train etc rideThe resort is a short bus ride away from the hotel.a short/long rideI climbed slowly aboard the bus for the long ride to Hawkesworth.a smooth/comfortable rideThe new suspension produces a smoother ride.a bumpy ridePart of the flight had been a bumpy ride through a thunderstorm.
Examples from the Corpusride• She took me to see the horse and asked if I wanted to go for a ride.• On the car ride back from the airport he told her all about his trip.• It's a two-hour ride to the Canadian border.• He pretended to be asleep for the entire two hour ride.• Minnesota boy, 10, goes for joy ride Fridley, Minn.• His progress since has been steady, his number of rides has increased.• Beyond a quieter plane ride, NoiseBuster is said to lessen the effects of jet lag.• a rollercoaster ride• With three air-force pilots along for the ride, James flew along a railroad track bordered by tall trees.• In short, get ready for another wild ride on the information highway in 1997.a smooth/comfortable/bumpy etc ride• It is expected to be a smooth ride for the bill from here.• It had been a bumpy ride, through the tail end of a thunderstorm.• It was the same man who had jostled her repeatedly during a bumpy ride on the Lexington Avenue Express subway.• By later standards they were rather slow cars, but the trucks gave a smooth ride on straight track.• All the rail joints would be welded by the Thermit process, to give a smooth ride throughout.• Since the programme was announced in 1998, like previous eradication campaigns, it has had a bumpy ride.• The six-cylinder model has a firmer and lower suspension, though it still produces a comfortable ride.• The hydraulics, in theory, separate the chassis from the body to provide firm suspension yet a comfortable ride.a bike/bicycle ride• Ten tokens meant a bike ride round the park with one of his parents.• That's quite a bicycle ride.• We had plenty of time to take a bike ride or walk after dinner, before it got dark.From Longman Business Dictionaryrideride1 /raɪd/ verb (past tense rode /rəʊdroʊd/, past participle ridden /ˈrɪdn/) journalism1be riding high to be very successful or confidentInvestors are riding high at the moment.2be riding for a fall to be doing something unwise that could result in failureAre junk bond buyers riding for a fall?3free ride (also free-ride) to get an advantage for yourself without doing anything to earn itfree ride onRival firms sometimes free ride on each other’s research and development. → ride something → out→ See Verb tablerideride2 noun [countable usually singular]1journalism used to say how easy or difficult a process or period of time is for someoneIt won’t be an easy ride for the retailer.Hungarian investors have been having a bumpy ride (=a difficult time) recently.2free ride disapproving if someone gets a free ride, they get an advantage without having to work for itThey’re getting a free ride at the taxpayer’s expense.3take somebody for a ride informal to trick someone, often in order to get money from themSome auto dealers are taking car buyers for a ride by charging inflated prices on extended warranties.Origin ride1 Old English ridan