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verb [transitive] riddle pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪd(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyriddle
he/she/itriddles
present participleriddling
past tenseriddled
past participleriddled

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  1. to make a lot of holes in someone or something, especially with bullets
    riddle with:

    A gunman riddled the facade of the building with bullets.

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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