bikebike1 /baɪk/ ●●●S2 noun [countable]1a bicycleLet’s go for a bike ride.by bikeThey’ll be coming by bike.2TTCTTB informal a motorcycle3 →on your bike!COLLOCATIONSverbsgo somewhere by bikeI usually go to work by bike.ride a bikeHer Dad taught her to ride a bike and to drive.get on/off a bikeHe got off his bike and walked with her for a while.rent a bike (also hire a bike British English)You can rent bikes and explore the island’s cycle paths.types of bikea mountain bike (=a strong bicycle for riding over rough ground)They went out for a country ride on their mountain bikes.a racing bikeHe bought a cool new racing bike.an exercise bike (=used for exercising indoors)I usually go on the exercise bike and the rowing machine.bike + NOUNa bike rideWe used to go for long bike rides in the summer holidays.a bike raceThe Tour de France is a famous bike race.a bike shedThey used to meet behind the bike sheds at school.a bike rack (=a metal frame that you can attach your bike to)All stations should provide bike racks for passengers.GRAMMAR: Patterns with bike• You say get on your bike: We got on our bikes and went for a picnic.• You say get off your bike: You have to get off your bike here.• You say that someone is on a bike: You should always wear a helmet when you’re on a bike.• You go somewhere by bike: We get to school by bike.✗Don’t say: We get to school with a bike.
bikebike2 verb1[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] informalTTB to ride a bicycleShe bikes to work every day.2[transitive] to take something to someone by motorcycle in order to get it there quicklybike something over/roundWe’re late for our deadline. Can you bike the photos over to us?→ See Verb table
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bike• The more people bike, the more biking is appreciated.• I would bike to the teashop in the High Street and see what blends they had.Originbike1(1800-1900)bicycle