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

Definition of ridden

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

Examples of ridden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paving every pothole-ridden street, tearing down every dilapidated structure, cutting every overgrown lot, reducing crime and fully funding the city’s pension are a career’s worth of work, not just a term. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Randall Woodfin’s first two years," 24 Nov. 2019 He's overseen policing in Chicago -- one of America's most crime-ridden cities -- since 2016. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Chicago top cop Eddie Johnson to announce retirement soon, report says," 6 Nov. 2019 Far fewer are ultimately granted asylum, a prolonged process in America's backlogged-ridden immigration courts. CBS News, "Border Patrol agents now screening migrants for "credible fear" under controversial pilot program," 20 Sep. 2019 Doing otherwise would harm the DRC’s economy, and also prevent people in the conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where Ebola is spreading, from fleeing violence. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Ebola Outbreak Declared an International Public-Health Emergency," 18 July 2019 Produced by Eva Longoria, the drama series stars Damian Bichir as the patriarch of a debt- and scandal-ridden family at risk of losing its luxurious Miami Beach resort. Lynn Elber, Twin Cities, "Sexy dramas, big-money games, Ailes film heat up summer TV," 10 June 2019 But six years later, in 1970, Neal Boyle died from a sudden heart attack and Boyle found herself at the helm of a debt-ridden company making less than $800,000 in annual sales at the age of 47. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Columbia Sportswear 'matriarch' and longtime chairwoman Gert Boyle dies at 95," 3 Nov. 2019 The England international sparked the attention of Premier League champions Manchester City and, at one stage, it was thought that Pep Guardiola regarded Chilwell as the first choice candidate to challenge the injury-ridden Benjamin Mendy. SI.com, "Chelsea Target Big-Money Move for Ben Chilwell Once Transfer Ban Is Lifted," 11 Aug. 2019 Whereas a working person can usually mitigate a debt-ridden existence, a retired person cannot. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Yes, you can un-retire and go back to work. Here are 3 financial signs it's time to do it," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ridden.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridden. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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