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rid1

[rid] /rɪd/
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
1.
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.
2.
to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of):
to rid the mind of doubt.
3.
Archaic. to deliver or rescue:
to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
Idioms
4.
be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by:
to be rid of obligations.
5.
get rid of, to eliminate or discard:
It's time we got rid of this trash.
Origin of rid1
1150-1200
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

rid2

[rid] /rɪd/
verb, Archaic.
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride.
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  • It seems a hard method of ridding the plants of their enemies.

  • We shall have him,' he cried, ridding himself of the semblance as hastily as he had assumed it.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • He had done this, he said, to make sure of ridding the world of a dangerous traitor.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • ridding the country of such vermin was indeed a worthy occupation.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • The use of the eye cup may help in ridding the eye of the body.

British Dictionary definitions for ridding

rid

/rɪd/
verb (transitive) rids, ridding, rid, ridded
1.
(foll by of) to relieve or deliver from something disagreeable or undesirable; make free (of): to rid a house of mice
2.
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 ridding

rid

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with ridding

rid

see: get rid of
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