Rid meaning

rĭd
Rid is defined as to free or clear of something.

An example of rid is to get all of the termites out of a house.

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To cause (someone) to be free from something; relieve or disencumber.

He was finally able to rid himself of all financial worries.

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To free, clear, relieve, or disencumber, as of something undesirable.

To rid oneself of superstitions.

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To save or deliver, as from danger, difficulty, etc.; rescue (from, out of, etc.)
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Released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by "of")

I'm glad to be rid of that stupid nickname.

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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?"

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(obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of ride.
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get rid of
  • To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of:.
    Let's get rid of that broken chair.
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be rid of
  • To be freed from or relieved of (something undesirable).
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get rid of
  • To get free from or relieved of (something undesirable).
  • To do away with; destroy; kill.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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 ryðja (“to clear, empty"), Old Norse hrōðja (“to clear, strip"). More at redd.

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