An example of rid is to get all of the termites out of a house.
He was finally able to rid himself of all financial worries.
To rid oneself of superstitions.
We're trying to rid the world of poverty.
1170, King Henry II (offhand remark) "” "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"
- To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of:.Let's get rid of that broken chair.
- To be freed from or relieved of (something undesirable).
- To get free from or relieved of (something undesirable).
- To do away with; destroy; kill.
Origin of rid
- Middle English ridden probably from Old Norse rydhja to clear land
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.