bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bedrid \ ˈbed-​ˌrid How to pronounce bedrid (audio) \

Definition of bedridden

: confined (as by illness) to bed

Examples of bedridden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jack Dean Whiteaker, 62, is expected to receive a 16-year prison sentence for recklessly causing the death of Cayla Wilson, who suffered severe brain damage and was bedridden for the last years of her life. oregonlive, "DUII driver who struck pregnant woman -- causing her death years later -- expected to get 16 years in prison," 31 Oct. 2019 The former army captain is expected to remain bedridden for at least a week and off the campaign trail until the October elections. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "One Stabbed, One Jailed: Rivals’ Fates Jolt Brazil’s Presidential Race," 11 Sep. 2018 Just as my grandmother fractured her hip, leaving her bedridden, my sense of identity was fractured. Sibani Ram, Teen Vogue, "The Tamil Language Connects Me to My Culture in a Way That Transcends Words," 4 Oct. 2019 As a young boy, George was diagnosed with polio and bedridden for four months. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Wilkerson Intermediate students celebrate art of George Rodrigue," 16 Sep. 2019 Patients with severe cases are bedridden for years and rarely move or speak. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 Many of the residents were bedridden and had dementia, respiratory ailments or heart conditions. Megan O'matz,, "Inside the Hollywood Hills nursing home: Soaring temperatures, dying patients and a nurse asleep. Where were the people in charge?," 26 Aug. 2019 The room where Wise was bedridden for years now is an altar room crowded with statues and relics. Washington Post, "‘Miracle house’ in Ohio draws pilgrims amid sainthood push," 18 Aug. 2019 A few months ago, Quillin suffered a broken tailbone which left him mostly bedridden and unable to care for himself. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Glenn Quillin: 1916-2019: Record-setting Carlsbad centenarian lived for adventure," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bedridden

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bedridden

alteration of Middle English bedrede, bedreden, from Old English bedreda, from bedreda one confined to bed, from bedd bed + -rida, -reda, from rīdan to ride — more at bed entry 1, ride entry 1

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The first known use of bedridden was before the 12th century

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8 Dec 2019

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“Bedridden.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed because of illness or weakness


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌri-dᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \

Kids Definition of bedridden

: forced to stay in bed by sickness or weakness bedridden patients


bed·​rid·​den | \ ˈbed-ˌrid-ᵊn How to pronounce bedridden (audio) \
variants: also bedrid \ -​ˌrid How to pronounce bedrid (audio) \

Medical Definition of bedridden

: confined to bed (as by illness)

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