- 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
- a simple past tense and past participle of ride.
Examples from the Web for ridding
But ridding themselves of Johnson did not mean that Republicans got back the black vote.Can Rand Bring Blacks Back to the GOP?
July 18, 2014
You say you got ideas for ridding us of an “aesthetic effect” or of “style” and “movement.”The Eyes Have It
March 5, 2013
Matter is energy, remember, and you can create vibrational momentum by ridding yourself of aptly named stuff.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
To hear Junger talk, ridding oneself of gluten can lead to an entirely new outlook on life—and a lot fewer Kleenex.The New Star Diet Craze
August 1, 2010
William Parker is a straight-laced cop with dreams of ridding L.A of its crime and endemic corruption.The Daily Beast Recommends
The Daily Beast
August 25, 2009
It seems a hard method of ridding the plants of their enemies.The Mayflower, January, 1905
We shall have him,' he cried, ridding himself of the semblance as hastily as he had assumed it.Barnaby Rudge
He had done this, he said, to make sure of ridding the world of a dangerous traitor.A Set of Six
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.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- (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)
Word Origin and History for ridding
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ridding
see get rid of.