Variant of rid
- to free, clear, relieve, or disencumber, as of something undesirable: usually with of: to rid oneself of superstitions
- Obsolete to save or deliver, as from danger, difficulty, etc.; rescue (from, out of, etc.)
Origin: Middle 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
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