See also: Reiten


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From Middle High German rīten, from Old High German rītan, from Proto-West Germanic *rīdan, from Proto-Germanic *rīdaną, from Proto-Indo-European *reydʰ-. Cognate with Dutch rijden, Low German rieden, English ride, Danish ride, Swedish rida.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʁaɪ̯tən/
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reiten (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present reitet, past tense ritt, past participle geritten, past subjunctive ritte, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive) to travel on a mount; to ride; to do horseriding
  2. (transitive) to ride (someone or something), to ride on the back of

Usage notesEdit

  • In intransitive use, the normal auxiliary is sein. When referring to horseriding as a sport, haben is possible alternatively: “Ich habe früher geritten.”
  • For transitive use, traditional grammar prescribes haben: “Er hat das Pferd geritten.” In practice, sein is equally common, particularly in speech: “Er ist das Pferd geritten.”


  • In dialectal or archaic usage the third-person singular of the present may be reit (also spelt reit't).

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