(rode or chiefly dialect rid; ridden or chiefly dialect rid or rode; riding)
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English rīdan; akin to Old High German rītan to ride, Middle Irish réidid he rides
Date: before 12th century
a. to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs
b. to travel in or on a conveyance
2. to travel as if on a conveyance ; be borne <rode on a wave of popularity> 3. a. to lie moored or anchored <a ship rides at anchor> b. sail c. to move like a floating object <the moon rode in the sky> 4. to become supported on a point or surface 5. a. to travel over a surface <the car rides well> b. to move on the body <shorts that ride up> 6. to continue without interference <let it ride> 7. a. to be contingent ; depend <plans on which the future rides> b. to become bet <a lot of money riding on the favorite> transitive verb 1. a. to travel on <ride a bike> <ride the bus> b. to move with like a rider <ride the waves> 2. a. to traverse by conveyance <rode 500 miles> b. to ride a horse in <ride a race> 3. survive, outlast — usually used with out <rode out the gale> 4. to traverse on horseback to inspect or maintain <ride fence> 5. to mount in copulation — used of a male animal 6. a. obsess, oppress <ridden by anxiety> b. to harass persistently ; nag c. tease, rib 7. carry, convey 8. to project over ; overlap 9. to give with (a punch) to soften the impact 10. to keep in partial engagement by resting a foot continuously on the pedal <ride the brakes> • rideable also ridable adjective II. noun Date: 1759 1. an act of riding; especially a trip on horseback or by vehicle 2. a way (as a road or path) suitable for riding 3. any of various mechanical devices (as at an amusement park) for riding on 4. a. a trip on which gangsters take a victim to murder him b. something likened to such a trip <take the taxpayers for a ride> 5. a means of transportation 6. the qualities of travel comfort in a vehicle
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.