To ride is to be carried in a car, on a bike, or on an animal. When you ride a horse for the first time, it's often surprising how far off the ground you are.

You can ride in the back of a taxi or on a Ferris wheel at the fair. You can also ride — and control — a pony or a bicycle. As a noun, ride means "a trip in a vehicle," or a roller coaster or other amusement park entertainment. In the U.S., ride has also been an informal name for a car since about 1930: "Check out my new ride!"

Definitions of ride
  1. verb
    sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
    “Did you ever ride a camel?”
    synonyms: sit
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    ride (a horse) too hard
    ride herd
    driving animals such as horses and cattle while riding along with them
    ride better, faster, or further than
    ride horseback
    ride on horseback
    cause (a horse) to bound spring forward
    ride at a cantering pace
    extend, gallop
    cause to move at full gallop
    ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward
    ride at a canter
    ride at a galloping pace
    ride Western style and bob up and down in the saddle in rhythm with a horse's trotting gait
    ride at a trot
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    sit on and control a vehicle
    “He rides his bicycle to work every day”
    “She loves to ride her new motorcycle through town”
    sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
    “I ride to work in a bus”
    “He rides the subway downtown every day”
    have certain properties when driven
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    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
    take the air, walk
    take a walk; go for a walk; walk for pleasure
    make walk
    accompany or escort
    traverse or cover by walking
    walk at a pace
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    ride or float on an inflated tube
    ride in a chariot
    bicycle, bike, cycle, pedal, wheel
    ride a bicycle
    cycle, motorbike, motorcycle
    ride a motorcycle
    rail, train
    travel by rail or train
    sled, sleigh
    ride (on) a sled
    ride in a boat on water
    cab, taxi
    ride in a taxicab
    ride in a bus
    joyride, tool, tool around
    ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
    hitch, hitchhike, thumb
    travel by getting free rides from motorists
    ride a snowmobile
    ride on someone's shoulders or back
    ride a unicycle
    pedal backwards on a bicycle
    dogsled, mush
    travel with a dogsled
    bob, bobsled
    ride a bobsled
    luge, toboggan
    move along on a luge or toboggan
    ride in a motorboat
    travel in a yacht
    travel on water propelled by wind
    propel with oars
    travel by canoe
    travel in a small canoe
    propel with a paddle
    type of:
    undergo transportation as in a vehicle
  4. verb
    ride over, along, or through
    Ride the freeways of California”
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    journey, travel
    travel upon or across
  5. verb
    have certain properties when driven
    “This car rides smoothly”
    synonyms: drive
    operate or control a vehicle
  6. noun
    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
    synonyms: drive
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    a ride in a car
    a ride in a car taken solely for pleasure
    a short drive in a car
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    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  7. noun
    a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
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    carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, roundabout, whirligig
    a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement
    Ferris wheel
    a vertical rotating mechanism consisting of a large wheel with suspended seats that remain upright as the wheel rotates; provides a ride at an amusement park
    big dipper, chute-the-chute, roller coaster
    elevated railway in an amusement park (usually with sharp curves and steep inclines)
    a roller coaster that goes up 200 feet or higher and can catapult riders from 0 to 70 mph in 4 seconds by motors originally designed to launch rockets
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    mechanical device
    mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
  8. verb
    continue undisturbed and without interference
    “Let it ride
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    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
  9. verb
    be sustained or supported or borne
    “His glasses rode high on his nose”
    “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”
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    type of:
    move lightly, as if suspended
  10. verb
    move like a floating object
    “The moon rode high in the night sky”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  11. verb
    climb up on the body
    “Shorts that ride up”
    “This skirt keeps riding up my legs”
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    climb, climb up, go up, mount
    go upward with gradual or continuous progress
  12. verb
    lie moored or anchored
    “Ship rides at anchor”
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    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  13. verb
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
    “Don't ride me so hard over my failure”
    synonyms: bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
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    barrack, flout, gibe, jeer, scoff
    laugh at with contempt and derision
    banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid
    be silly or tease one another
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    bemock, mock
    treat with contempt
  14. verb
    keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
    “Don't ride the clutch!”
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    engage, lock, mesh, operate
    keep engaged
  15. verb
    be contingent on
    synonyms: depend on, depend upon, devolve on, hinge on, hinge upon, pivot, turn on
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    build on, build upon, repose on, rest on
    be based on; of theories and claims, for example
    be indebted to, in an abstract or intellectual sense
  16. verb
    copulate with
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