From Middle English beriden, biriden, from Old English berīdan (“to ride round, surround, besiege, overtake, seize, occupy”), equivalent to be- + ride. Cognate with Dutch berijden (“to ride, horse, jockey”).
- (transitive) To ride around; beset with horsemen.
- (transitive) To ride beside or by the side of.
- (transitive) To ride upon; infest.