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ridden

[ rid-n ]
/ ˈrɪd n /
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verb

a past participle of ride.

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RELATED WORDS

float, sit, travel, move, drift, drive, cruise, go, guide, control, handle, restrain, manage, hitchhike, direct, tour, journey, curb, motor, progress

Nearby words

rictus, rid, rid of, ridable, riddance, ridden, riddle, riddled, ride, ride down, ride for a fall
Related formsun·rid·den, adjectivewell-rid·den, adjective

Definition for ridden (2 of 3)

Origin of ride

before 900; 1915–20 for def 17; Middle English riden (v.), Old English rīdan; cognate with Old Frisian rīda, German reiten, Old Norse rītha; akin to Old Irish ríad journey (cf. palfrey, rheda). See road

Synonym study

2. See drive.

Definition for ridden (3 of 3)

-ridden


a combining form meaning “obsessed with,” “overwhelmed by” (torment-ridden) or “full of,” “burdened with” (debt-ridden).

Origin of -ridden

special use of ridden
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British Dictionary definitions for ridden (1 of 2)

ridden

/ (ˈrɪdən) /

verb

the past participle of ride

adjective

(in combination) afflicted, affected, or dominated by something specifieddamp-ridden; disease-ridden

British Dictionary definitions for ridden (2 of 2)

ride

/ (raɪd) /

verb rides, riding, rode or ridden

noun

Derived Formsridable or rideable, adjective

Word Origin for ride

Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha
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Idioms and Phrases with ridden

ride


In addition to the idioms beginning with ride

  • ride for a fall
  • ride hellbent for leather
  • ride herd on
  • ride high
  • ride out
  • ride roughshod over
  • ride shotgun
  • ride up

also see:

  • along for the ride
  • go along (for the ride)
  • gravy train, ride the
  • hitch a ride
  • let ride
  • take someone for a ride
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