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"ride" in British English

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rideverb

uk   us   /raɪd/ (rode, ridden)
A1 [I or T] to ​sit on something such as a ​bicycle, ​motorbike, or ​horse and ​travel along on it ​controllingitsmovements: I ​learned to ride a ​bike when I was six. I ride my ​moped to ​work. I ride to ​work on my ​moped. The ​hunters came riding by/past on ​theirhorses. [I] to ride a ​horse: Can you ride? Their ​daughter is ​learning to ride. He rides well/​badly.A2 [I or T] to ​travel in a ​vehicle, such as a ​car, ​bus, or ​train: He doesn't have a ​car so he rides to ​work on the ​bus.mainly US We rode the ​train from San Diego to Portland. [T] US to ​try to ​control someone and ​force them to ​work: Your ​boss is riding you much too hard at the ​moment.
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ridenoun [C]

uk   us   /raɪd/
B1 a ​journey on a ​horse or ​bicycle, or in a ​vehicle: It's a ​shortbus 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 ​freejourney 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 ​theircar: Well, I have to go - my ride is here. US informal someone's ​car: Hey, ​nice ride.B1 a ​machine in an amusementpark that ​peopletravel in or are ​moved around by for ​entertainment: We went on all the rides. My ​favourite ride is the Ferris ​wheel.
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  • Hang on ​tight - it's going to be a very ​bumpy ride.
  • A five-mile ​bike ride? That's ​kids' ​stuff.
  • It's a 20-minute ​bus ride.
  • I gave her a ​piggyback ride.
  • I gave her a ride when her ​carbroke down.
(Definition of ride from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ride" in American English

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rideverb [I/T]

 us   /rɑɪd/ (past tense rode  /roʊd/ , past participle ridden  /ˈrɪd·ən/ )
to ​sit on a ​horse, ​bicycle, etc. and ​travel on it while ​controllingitsmovements, or to ​travel in a ​vehicle, such as a ​car, ​bus, or ​train: [I] I ride to ​work on my ​bike. [T] We rode the ​subway from Coney Island to the Bronx. To ride someone is to ​criticize someone, esp. to ​forcefullypersuade that ​person to do more or to do what you ​want: [T] Yourboss rides you much too hard.

ridenoun [C]

 us   /rɑɪd/
a ​trip on an ​animal or ​bicycle, etc., or in a ​vehicle: It’s a ​shortbus ride to the ​airport. A ride is also a ​machine in an ​amusementpark which ​spins or moves ​people for ​entertainment: My ​favorite ride is the ​Ferriswheel.
(Definition of ride from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ride" in Business English

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rideverb [T]

uk   us   /raɪd/ (rode, ridden)
to ​dealeffectively with a ​situation that ​changes quickly or is difficult, usually getting an ​advantage from it: He came to Iowa Falls in 1985, and has ridden the ​ups and downs of the ​ruraleconomy ever since. They rode the ​stockmarketrecovery so ​effectively that the ​value of their ​portfolioincreased by 146% during the last ​quarter.
be riding for a fall to be involved in a ​situation that may end badly: The ​specialistmortgage lender's lowly ​rating is because of widespread ​concerns that the buy-to-let ​housingmarket is riding for a ​fall.
be riding high to be having a ​period of great ​success: Shares in the ​telecomscompany are riding high, at around $24 ​pershare.
ride the wave (of sth) (also ride the crest of a wave) to enjoy the ​advantages of a particular ​situation: Banks who rode the ​mortgagewave for ​years are now ​experiencing much ​hardertimes.

ridenoun

uk   us   /raɪd/
a bumpy/rough/easy, etc. ride informal used to describe a ​situation that is dangerous, difficult, ​easy, etc.: Stocks could be in for a bumpy ride as Wall Street ​tries to guess the ​outcome of the Federal Reserve's next ​monetarypolicymeeting.
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take sb for a ride informal to intentionally do something dishonest or unpleasant in ​order to get an ​advantage for yourself: Some so-called "​marketprofessionals" have been taking inexperienced ​shareholders for a ride.
(Definition of ride from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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