Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
  2. (noun, artifact) a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
  3. (verb, motion) sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
    Did you ever ride a camel?
    The girl liked to drive the young mare
  4. (verb, motion) be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
    He rides the subway downtown every day
  5. (verb, stative) continue undisturbed and without interference
  6. (verb, motion) move like a floating object
  7. (verb, communication) harass with persistent criticism or carping
    Don't ride me so hard over my failure
    His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie
  8. (verb, stative) be sustained or supported or borne
    The child rode on his mother's hips
    She rode a wave of popularity
    The brothers rode to an easy victory on their father's political name
  9. (verb, stative) have certain properties when driven
    My new truck drives well
  10. (verb, stative) be contingent on
    Your grade will depends on your homework
  11. (verb, stative) lie moored or anchored
  12. (verb, motion) sit on and control a vehicle
    She loves to ride her new motorcycle through town
  13. (verb, motion) climb up on the body
    This skirt keeps riding up my legs
  14. (verb, motion) ride over, along, or through
  15. (verb, contact) keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
  16. (verb, contact) copulate with

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Ride


Origin of the word Ride

  1. O.E. ridan "ride" (as on horseback), "move forward, rock" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, pp. riden), from P.Gmc. *ridanan (cf. O.N. ri?a, O.Fris. rida, M.Du. riden, Ger. reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. O.Ir. riadaim "I travel," O.Gaul. reda "chariot"). Meaning "heckle" is from 1912; tha… more

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