An example of rid is to get all of the termites out of a house.
- to free, clear, relieve, or disencumber, as of something undesirable: usually with of: to rid oneself of superstitions
- Obs. to save or deliver, as from danger, difficulty, etc.; rescue (from, out of, etc.)
Origin of ridMiddle English ridden, earlier ruden ; from Old Norse rythja, to clear (land), akin to Old English ryddan, Old High German riuten ; from Indo-European an unverified form reudh- ; from base an unverified form reu-, to tear up, dig out from source rip, rug
be rid of
get rid of
- to get free from or relieved of (something undesirable)
- to do away with; destroy; kill
transitive verbrid or rid·ded, rid·ding, rids
Origin of ridMiddle English ridden, probably from Old Norse rydhja, to clear land.
(third-person singular simple present rids, present participle ridding, simple past rid or ridded, past participle rid or ridden)
- To free from something.
- We're trying to rid the world of poverty.
- 1170, King Henry II (offhand remark) "” "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"
Fusion of Middle English redden (“to deliver from, rid, clear") (from Old English hreddan (“to deliver, rescue, free from, take away"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanÄ… (“to save, deliver")) and Middle English ridden (“to clear away, remove obstructions") (from Old English Ä¡eryddan (“to clear land"), from Proto-Germanic *riudijanÄ… (“to clear")). Akin to Old Frisian hredda (“to save"), German retten (“to save, deliver"), Old Norse ryÃ°ja (“to clear, empty"), Old Norse hrÅÃ°ja (“to clear, strip"). More at redd.
- (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of ride.