rid·​den | \ ˈri-dᵊn How to pronounce ridden (audio) \

Definition of ridden

1 : harassed, oppressed, or obsessed by usually used in combination guilt-riddendebt-ridden
2 : excessively full of or supplied with usually used in combination slum-ridden

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The same carbon frame was ridden to victory in a stage of the Tour de France. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 Officially retired, the aging sleuth nonetheless accepts an insurance company’s assignment to investigate the death of a debt-ridden and querulous American developer named Donald Zinn, who drowned off the Baja coast. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Philip Marlowe Returns," 19 July 2018 Until then, might as well spend some time in vampire-ridden Santa Monica. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 Patch testing is usually conducted to see what might be causing an issue like contact dermatitis (an allergic skin reaction that involves an itchy, inflamed rash) or eczema (a condition that can cause persistently dry, irritated, rash-ridden skin). Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Expect If You Need Allergy Testing," 5 Sep. 2018 Spurred on by his father's tears as well as his own battles against his poverty-ridden upbringing in the Favelas; a star was born. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 15 Weeks to Go - The Rise of Pelé, the Starlet Who Became the Greatest Ever," 9 Mar. 2018 Donald Trump has brilliantly ridden dissatisfaction with it among conservatives. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is the Perfect Ideological Complement to President Trump," 11 Jan. 2019 The young attorney general of Missouri was far less scandal-ridden than Akin. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Republican Josh Hawley defeats Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate race," 7 Nov. 2018 The issue of ending the program is what sparked Trump's expletive-ridden tirade in a January Oval Office meeting with lawmakers. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of 'dreamers'," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ridden was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of ridden

: filled with or containing something unpleasant or unwanted


rid·​den | \ ˈrid-ᵊn How to pronounce ridden (audio) \

Kids Definition of ridden

: extremely concerned with or burdened by guilt-ridden poverty-ridden

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a strong desire or propensity

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