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[rid] /rɪd/
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
to clear, disencumber, or free of something objectionable (usually followed by of):
I want to rid the house of mice. In my opinion, you'd be wise to rid yourself of the smoking habit.
to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of):
to rid the mind of doubt.
Archaic. to deliver or rescue:
to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by:
to be rid of obligations.
get rid of, to eliminate or discard:
It's time we got rid of this trash.
Origin of rid1
1150-1200; Middle English ridden (v.), Old English (ge)ryddan to clear (land); cognate with Old Norse rythja to clear, empty
Related forms
ridder, noun


[rid] /rɪd/
verb, Archaic.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ridded
Historical Examples
  • Emancipation has ridded the country of the reproach, but not wholly of the calamity.

  • At the time of Theodoric also, Saint Cæsaræus ridded a house of lemurs haunting it.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Koupriane's police, by killing that man, ridded us of a traitor.

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • He is safe from me, yet if last night I had struck home, I should have ridded your country of a great and menacing danger.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • At least it ridded him of the university and the Civil Law and American associations in beer-cellars.

  • “Oh yes,” said Morris, smiling now, as he ridded himself of thoughts of cheap dinners and half-crowns.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
  • As philanthropy has ridded us of chattel slavery, so philosophy must rid us of chattel sin and all its logical consequences.

  • As for Aunt Sarah Maltby, she only ridded up her own room, and never lifted her fingers to work outside it.

  • She had swept and ridded herself, rinsed her mouth with pure water, and now could sit to her dinner and review her plans.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • Feeling she must have, and courage, or she would never have dared to have ridded herself of the scourge of her life.

    The Evil Shepherd E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for ridded


verb (transitive) rids, ridding, rid, ridded
(foll by of) to relieve or deliver from something disagreeable or undesirable; make free (of): to rid a house of mice
get rid of, to relieve or free oneself of (something or someone unpleasant or undesirable)
Derived Forms
ridder, noun
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land
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Word Origin and History for ridded



c.1200, "clear (a space); set free, save," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ryðja (past tense ruddi, past participle ruddr) "to clear (land) of obstructions," from Proto-Germanic *reudijanan (cf. Old High German riuten, German reuten "to clear land," Old Frisian rothia "to clear," Old English -royd "clearing," common in northern place names), from PIE root *reudh- "to clear land." The general sense of "to make (something) free (of something else)" emerged by 1560s. Senses merged somewhat with Northern English, Scottish, and U.S. dialectal redd. To get rid of (something or someone) is from 1660s. Related: Ridden; ridding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with ridded


see: get rid of
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