Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ride”

ride

verb uk   /raɪd/ (rode, ridden) us  
A1 [I or T] to sit on a horse or a bicycle and travel along on it controlling its movements: I learned to ride a bike when I was six. I ride my bicycle to work. I ride to work on my bicycle. The hunters came riding by/past on their horses. He rides well/badly (= he can ride horses well/badly). A2 [I or T] to travel in a vehicle, such as a car, bus, or train: mainly US We rode the train from San Diego to Portland. He doesn't have a car so he rides to work on the bus. [T] US to try to control someone and force them to work: Your boss is riding you much too hard at the moment.

ride

noun [C] uk   /raɪd/ us  
B1 a journey on a horse or bicycle, or in a vehicle: It's a short bus ride to the airport. I went for a (horse) ride last Saturday. Do you want to come for a ride on my bike? B1 mainly US (UK usually lift) a free journey in a car to a place where you want to go: He asked me for a ride into town. US a person who gives you a ride in their car: Well, I have to go - my ride is here. US informal someone's car: Hey, nice ride. B1 a machine in an amusement park that people travel in or are moved around by for entertainment: My favourite ride is the Ferris wheel.
(Definition of ride from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ride?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Neglecting and ignoring, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ride” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

monster

any imaginary frightening creature, especially one that is large and strange

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More