rideride1 /raɪd/ ●●●S2W2 verb (past tense rode /rəʊd $ roʊd/, past participle ridden /ˈrɪdn/)1animal [intransitive, transitive]DSHTRAVEL to sit on an animal, especially a horse, and make it move alongShe learned to ride when she was seven.He was riding a large grey mare.ride onShe arrived riding on a white horse.ride away/across/through etcHe rode away across the marshes.2bicycle/motorbike [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]TTB to travel on a bicycle or motorbikeHe had never learned to ride a bicycle.They mounted their bikes and rode off.3vehicle [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] especially American EnglishTTTRAVEL to travel in a bus, car, or other vehicle that you are not drivingWe got onto the bus and rode into San Francisco.ride inThe kids were riding in the back.ride a bus American EnglishAnn 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 car4in a lift [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] American EnglishTRAVEL to travel up or down in a liftride up/downHe rode the elevator down to the first floor.I rode up to the tenth floor.5water/aira)[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]TTW to be floating in water or in the airThe 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 itsurfboarders riding the waves6 →be riding high7 →let something ride8 →ride roughshod over something9annoy somebody [transitive] American English spokenANNOY to annoy someone by often criticizing them or asking them to do thingsWhy 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
rideride2 ●●●S3 noun [countable]1car/train etcTTCDRIVE a journey in a vehicle, when you are not driving → liftride inHe 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 rideA fifteen minute taxi ride will take you to the airport.a smooth/comfortable/bumpy etc rideThe new model offers a lovely smooth, comfortable ride.► see thesaurus at journey2horse/bicycle a journey on a bicycle, a horse, or a similar animalride onCan I have a ride on your bike?a bike/bicycle rideShall 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 ride7machine at a fairDLO a large machine that people ride on for fun at a fairWe went on loads of rides.8pathTTRROAD/PATH literary a path for riding on a horse in the countrysidea 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.
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ride• 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 Canadianborder.• He pretended to be asleep for the entire two hour ride.• Minnesota boy, 10, goes for joyride Fridley, Minn.• His progress since has been steady, his number of rides has increased.• Beyond a quieterplaneride, NoiseBuster is said to lessen the effects of jetlag.• a rollercoaster ride• With three air-force pilots along for the ride, James flew along a railroadtrack bordered by tall trees.• In short, get ready for another wildride 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 AvenueExpresssubway.• By later standards they were rather slow cars, but the trucks gave a smooth ride on straight track.• All the railjoints 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 lowersuspension, 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 King 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.Originride1Old Englishridan