(transitive) To transport oneself by sitting on and directing a horse, later also a bicycle etc.
* 1597 , William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, part 1 :
* 1814 , Jane Austen, Mansfield Park :
- Go Peto, to horse: for thou, and I, / Haue thirtie miles to ride yet ere dinner time.
* 1923 , "Mrs. Rinehart", Time , 28 Apr 1923:
- I will take my horse early tomorrow morning and ride over to Stoke, and settle with one of them.
* 2010 , The Guardian ,
- It is characteristic of her that she hates trains, that she arrives from a rail-road journey a nervous wreck; but that she can ride a horse steadily for weeks through the most dangerous western passes.
6 Oct 2010:
(transitive) To be transported in a vehicle; to travel as a passenger.
* 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
- The original winner Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia was relegated after riding too aggressively to storm from fourth to first on the final bend.
* 1960 , "Biznelcmd", Time , 20 Jun 1960:
- Now, in calm weather, to swim in the open ocean is as easy to the practised swimmer as to ride in a spring-carriage ashore.
- In an elaborately built, indoor San Francisco, passengers ride cable cars through quiet, hilly streets.
Of a ship: to sail, to float on the water.
- The cab rode him downtown.
* 1719 , Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe :
- Men once walked where ships at anchor ride .
(intransitive) To be carried or supported by something lightly and quickly; to travel in such a way, as though on horseback.
- By noon the sea went very high indeed, and our ship rode forecastle in, shipped several seas, and we thought once or twice our anchor had come home
To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle.
- The witch cackled and rode away on her broomstick.
(transitive) To mount (someone) to have sex with them; to have sexual intercourse with.
* c. 1390 , Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Nun's Priest's Tale", Canterbury Tales :
- A horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast.
* 1997 , Linda Howard, Son of the Morning , p. 345:
- Womman is mannes Ioye and al his blis / ffor whan I feele a nyght your softe syde / Al be it that I may nat on yow ryde / ffor þat oure perche is maad so narwe allas [...].
(colloquial) To nag or criticize; to annoy (someone).
* 2002 , Myra MacPherson, Long Time Passing: Vietnam and the haunted generation , p. 375:
- She rode him hard, and he squeezed her breasts, and she came again.
Of clothing: to gradually move (up) and crease; to ruckle.
* 2008 , Ann Kessel, The Guardian ,
- “One old boy started riding me about not having gone to Vietnam; I just spit my coffee at him, and he backed off.
27 Jul 2008:
To rely, depend (on).
* 2006 , "Grappling with deficits", The Economist , 9 Mar 2006:
- In athletics, triple jumper Ashia Hansen advises a thong for training because, while knickers ride up, ‘thongs have nowhere left to go’: but in Beijing Britain's best are likely, she says, to forgo knickers altogether, preferring to go commando for their country under their GB kit.
Of clothing: to rest (in a given way on a part of the body).
* 2001 , Jenny Eliscu, "Oops...she's doing it again", The Observer ,
- With so much riding on the new payments system, it was thus a grave embarrassment to the government when the tariff for 2006-07 had to be withdrawn for amendments towards the end of February.
16 Sep 2001:
(lacrosse) To play defense on the defensemen or midfielders, as an attackman.
To manage insolently at will; to domineer over.
* Jonathan Swift
- She's wearing inky-blue jeans that ride low enough on her hips that her aquamarine thong peeks out teasingly at the back.
To convey, as by riding; to make or do by riding.
* Sir Walter Scott
- The nobility could no longer endure to be ridden by bakers, cobblers, and brewers.
(surgery) To overlap (each other); said of bones or fractured fragments.
- The only men that safe can ride / Mine errands on the Scottish side.
* ride bareback
* ride bitch
* ride herd on
* ride one's luck
* ride roughshod over
* ride shotgun
* ride tall in the saddle
* ride the rails
* ride the pine
* ride with the punches
An instance of riding.
(informal) A vehicle.
- Can I have a ride on your bike?
An amusement ridden at a fair or amusement park.
A lift given to someone in another person's vehicle.
- That is a nice ride you are driving.
(UK) A road or avenue cut in a wood, for riding; a bridleway or other wide country path.
(UK, dialect, archaic) A saddle horse.
- Can you give me a ride ?
* free ride
* go along for the ride
* joy ride
* Nantucket sleigh ride
* ride cymbal
* white-knuckle ride
Before a ride (on a vehicle, horse, etc.).