Meaning of RIDE in English


v. & n.

--v. (past rode; past part. ridden)

1. tr. travel or be carried on (a bicycle etc.) or esp. US in (a vehicle).

2 intr. (often foll. by on, in) travel or be conveyed (on a bicycle or in a vehicle).

3 tr. sit on and control or be carried by (a horse etc.).

4 intr. (often foll. by on) be carried (on a horse etc.).

5 tr. be carried or supported by (the ship rides the waves).

6 tr. a traverse on horseback etc., ride over or through (ride 50 miles; rode the prairie). b compete or take part in on horseback etc. (rode a good race).

7 intr. a lie at anchor; float buoyantly. b (of the moon) seem to float.

8 intr. (foll. by in, on) rest in or on while moving.

9 tr. yield to (a blow) so as to reduce its impact.

10 tr. give a ride to; cause to ride (rode the child on his back).

11 tr. (of a rider) cause (a horse etc.) to move forward (rode their horses at the fence).

12 tr. a (in passive; foll. by by, with) be oppressed or dominated by; be infested with (was ridden with guilt). b (as ridden adj.) infested or afflicted (usu. in comb.: a rat-ridden cellar).

13 intr. (of a thing normally level or even) project or overlap.

14 tr. mount (a female) in copulation.

15 tr. US annoy or seek to annoy.


1. an act or period of travel in a vehicle.

2 a spell of riding on a horse, bicycle, person's back, etc.

3 a path (esp. through woods) for riding on.

4 the quality of sensations when riding (gives a bumpy ride).

Phrases and idioms:

let a thing ride leave it alone; let it take its natural course. ride again reappear, esp. unexpectedly and reinvigorated. ride down overtake or trample on horseback. ride for a fall act recklessly risking defeat or failure. ride herd on see HERD. ride high be elated or successful. ride out come safely through (a storm etc., or a danger or difficulty). ride roughshod over see ROUGHSHOD. ride to hounds see HOUND. ride up (of a garment, carpet, etc.) work or move out of its proper position. take for a ride colloq. hoax or deceive.


ridable adj.

Etymology: OE ridan

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.