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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He’s ridden high-speed trains in Japan, walked in BART’s Transbay Tube and driven to King City at 55 mph to test fuel efficiency. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Crash, vehicle fire cause severe traffic on Hwy. 92 in Hayward, Hwy. 29 in St. Helena," 7 Aug. 2019 These paradox-ridden places are where gravity reaches its zenith and Einstein’s general relativity theory fails. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code," 6 Jan. 2019 This Remedy remix of Diplo and XXXTENTACION's collaboration brings X's vocals back to a dark, trap-ridden place fans are more likely to expect. Kat Bein, Billboard, "5 XXXTentacion Remixes," 20 June 2018 The Obama administration vociferously opposed a previous Guatemalan president’s attempt to shutter the anti-corruption panel, which is viewed as a regional model for instituting good-government standards in corruption-ridden countries. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Guatemala goes to polls amid uncertainty, deep divisions," 15 June 2019 Modric's testimony supported Mamic's case against allegations of corruption, angering many fans who saw the trial as a chance to clean up the corruption-ridden sport. Lajla Veselica, chicagotribune.com, "Modric, from child refugee to Croatia's World Cup captain," 29 May 2018 Dispossession had become endemic in the debt-ridden western counties. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 Actors in the role of adults impress as well, particularly Richard Ullrich as the anxiety-ridden Doc and Jon Michell as the gruff police lieutenant. Daily Pilot, "On Theater: A heart-throbbing ‘West Side’ revival," 19 July 2019 This new iteration is also a little more anxiety-ridden, alert, and energetic, which makes the Timon feel more real with his jerky movements and wide, unblinking eyes. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Billy Eichner's best lines as Timon in The Lion King remake," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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