(obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of ride.
- 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
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 ryðja (“to clear, empty"), Old Norse hrōðja (“to clear, strip"). More at redd.
Middle English ridden probably from Old Norse rydhja to clear land
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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