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Pronunciation: /raɪd/

Translation of ride in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense of/pasado de rode past participle of/participio pasado de, ridden)

  • 1 (as means of transport) 1.1 [animal] he rides his horse to school va a la escuela a caballo do you want to ride my horse? ¿quieres montar mi caballo? I've never ridden a horse/an elephant nunca he montado or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) he andado a caballo/nunca he montado en un elefante he was riding his father's horse/a camel montaba el caballo de su padre/un camello he rode his horse into the river se metió en el río con el caballo Paradise Boy, ridden by G. Moffatt Paradise Boy, jineteado por G. Moffatt or con G. Moffatt en la monta
    Example sentences
    • Why else would they risk injury to ride a bull or horse for eight seconds?
    • As a young girl, she lived on a farm and first rode sheep, then ponies and then horses which she loved.
    • The holidays will also offer the children, many of whom are from urban areas, the chance to look after animals and even ride horses and ponies.
    1.2 [bicycle/motorbike] he rides a bike to work va al trabajo en bicicleta I can't ride a bike no sé montar or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) andar en bicicleta let him ride your bike préstale la bicicleta she rode her bike down the steps bajó los escalones con la bicicleta 1.3 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [bus/subway/train] ir* en we rode the bus downtown fuimos al centro en autobús
  • 2 2.1 (traverse on horseback) [countryside/plains] recorrer a caballo 2.2 (run) [race] correr
    Example sentences
    • He rides the area around Bachelor nowadays.
    • They are not against country folk or anyone else riding the fields and meadows on horseback.
    • Maybe it takes riding the landscape with a native or old-timer who can point something out, to let you know how the geography has changed.
  • 3 3.1 (be carried upon) [waves/wind] dejarse llevar por 3.2 (absorb impact of) [blow/bump] aguantar sterling is riding the crisis with ease la libra está aguantando or sobrellevando bien la crisis
    Example sentences
    • Jay-jay Okocha supplied the attacking inspiration as Wanderers rode the early blows to pose some serious first half problems of their own.
    • Leger favourite Enchanting Hero gave his supporters reason to sweat in the early stages of Heat 9 when forced to ride a few hefty bumps.
  • 4 (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], (harass) tenerla* tomada con [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • At the end of the day, I am just a player, and it's not something that has been riding me too hard.
    • What's more, when Baltimore is on the road, opposing fans will ride him like he's never been ridden.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense of/pasado de rode past participle of/participio pasado de, ridden)

  • 1 1.1 (on animal) to ride on horseback montar or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) andar* a caballo she learned to ride in Argentina aprendió a montar or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) a andar a caballo en Argentina shall we drive or ride? ¿vamos en coche o a caballo? Carson rode to victory again today hoy Carson volvió a ganar la carrera he rides under 120lb pesa menos de 120 libras ([ un jockey ]) Dusty rides again (title) el retorno de Dusty Victorian morality rides again [humorous/humorístico] vuelve a salir a relucir la moral victoriana to go riding ir* a montar or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) a andar a caballo, ir* a hacer equitación we rode over to Garsville fuimos a Garsville a caballo they rode over the moors iban a caballo or [literary/literario] cabalgaban por los páramos he rode away at a gallop se alejó al galope they rode off into the sunset cabalgaron hacia el horizonte a la luz del atardecer she rode up on a gray mare llegó montada en or a lomos de una yegua gris a boy riding on a dolphin/donkey un niño montado en un delfín/burro 1.2 (on bicycle, in vehicle) ir* we rode into town fuimos al centro en bicicleta ( or en moto etc) a bodyguard rode on the running board un guardaespaldas iba en el estribo can I ride with you, John? (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) ¿puedo ir contigo en el coche, John? she couldn't ride up the hill no pudo subir la cuesta pedaleando she let me ride on her bike me prestó la bicicleta
    Example sentences
    • It is, for example, a great deal easier to demonstrate how to ride a bicycle than to verbalize it.
    • Alan noticed the bike a couple of weeks after he first rode his own bicycle to Tracy's weekly appointment.
    • Another allegation was that he rode a motorbike and quad bike erratically.
  • 2 (run, go) [horse] correr; [vehicle] andar*, marchar
    Example sentences
    • The cavalry rode on special saddles that effectively locked them in place as they rode and all but allowed them to keep their arms free to fight with.
    • Then with that black face showing through the thin veneer of white he turned his horse toward camp and rode off at full gallop.
    • He heeled the horse forward, riding at a slow gallop until they were almost upon the others.
    Example sentences
    • He is also forbidden to ride in or on any vehicle without the consent of the owner or to drive without a licence.
    • As he rode in the vehicle half of his heart was overjoyed that he would be returning home so quickly.
    • He refuses to wear a seat belt when he's riding in the passenger side of a car.
    Example sentences
    • I felt like I was riding so well, and the team rode a great race.
    • He rode a hard race in 2003 for victory but had to make do with third place this time around.
    • What's the most appalling weather you've ridden a race in?
    Example sentences
    • The Satellite rides like a bike that costs twice as much.
    • This car rides like the granite-wheeled sedans on The Flintstones.
    • On the highway the big truck rides like a large sedan, firm, quiet and comfortable.
  • 3 (be carried along, borne up)to ride on sth the gulls were riding on the waves/wind las gaviotas se dejaban llevar por las olas/el viento they ride on the backs of the working population viven a costa de la clase trabajadora to be riding high estar* en la cresta de la ola to let sth ride let it ride déjalo correr or pasar we'll have to let things ride for a while vamos a tener que dejar que las cosas sigan su curso por un tiempo
    Example sentences
    • Megawati took over the national leadership in July riding a wave of support from a rainbow coalition united against former president Abdurrahman Wahid.
    • They knew they just had to ride this wave of support and make sure that they put down the kind of roots that will attract ongoing support.
    • The Bulldogs rode their wave of momentum to win by 71 points, giving the club its first premiership since 1975.
    Example sentences
    • Higher yet, and the cue stick will ride over the ball, probably causing it to go nowhere.
    • Breaking waves ride over each other reddened by the lividity of a fulminous sky, mount and collapse, as they wrest down a tall toppling ship not far out of landfall.
    • Rebated rims are considered less reliable by some shooters who are concerned that the rifle bolt might ride over the rim rather than push it forward.


  • 1 (on horse, in vehicle etc) let's go for a ride on our bikes/ponies/horses vamos a dar una vuelta or un paseo en bicicleta/en pony/a caballo we went for a ride in his new car fuimos a dar una vuelta or un paseo en su coche nuevo will you give me a ride on your back? ¿me llevas a cuestas? it's only a short bus/taxi ride from here queda a poca distancia de aquí en autobús/taxi it's a ten-minute train ride queda a diez minutos en tren, es un trayecto de diez minutos en tren it was a long ride and we were exhausted when we arrived fue un viaje largo y llegamos agotados it wasn't a smooth ride no fue un viaje cómodo it was a bumpy ride over the sand dunes nos zarandeamos mucho por los médanos the firm has had a bumpy ride recently las cosas no han marchado muy bien para la empresa últimamente from then on, it was a smooth ride de ahí en adelante, todo marchó sobre ruedas the audience gave her a rough ride el público le hizo pasar un mal rato the bill had an easy ride through Parliament el proyecto no encontró gran oposición en el Parlamento the ride of the Valkyries la cabalgata de las valkirias we were trying to hitch a ride (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) estábamos haciendo dedo or auto-stop, estábamos pescando aventón (Mexico/México) she gave us a ride into town (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) nos llevó al centro en coche, nos acercó al centro, nos dio un aventón (Mexico/México) or (Colombia) [colloquial/familiar] una palomita al centro I went along for the ride aproveché el viaje, aproveché el aventón (Mexico/México) or (Colombia) [colloquial/familiar] la palomita to take sb for a ride [colloquial/familiar] tomarle el pelo a algn [colloquial/familiar], llevar a algn al baile (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar], agarrar a algn de punto (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar]
  • 2 2.1 countable/numerable (at amusement park) we went on all the rides nos subimos a todos los aparatos or atracciones or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) los juegos everything was £1 a ride todo costaba una libra la vuelta 2.2 countable/numerable (path) vereda (feminine), sendero (masculine)
  • 4 (person giving a lift) (American English/inglés norteamericano) persona (feminine) que lleva a algn en coche ( or carro etc), persona (feminine) que da (un) aventón (Colombia) (Mexico/México)

Phrasal verbs

ride about

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
ride around

ride around

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(in car) pasearse en coche; (on horse) pasearse a caballo; (on motorbike) pasearse en moto

ride behind

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
(be mounted behind) ir* montado en la grupa, ir* en ancas (Latin America/América Latina)

ride down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (trample) atropellar ([ con el caballo ]) 1.2 (catch up with) alcanzar* ([ a caballo ])

ride on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
depender de a lot rides on these elections for the Liberals para los liberales hay mucho en juego en estas elecciones

ride out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
aguantar, sobrellevar

ride up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
subirse my skirt rides up se me sube la falda

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