rid

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[ rid ]
/ rɪd /

verb (used with object), rid or rid·ded, rid·ding.

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.

Idioms for rid

    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 rid

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1150–1200; Middle English ridden (v.), Old English (ge)ryddan to clear (land); cognate with Old Norse rythja to clear, empty

OTHER WORDS FROM rid

rid·der, noun

Definition for rid (2 of 3)

rid2
[ rid ]
/ rɪd /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense and past participle of ride.

Definition for rid (3 of 3)

Origin of ride

before 900; 1915–20 for def 17; Middle English riden (v.), Old English rīdan; cognate with Old Frisian rīda, German reiten, Old Norse rītha; akin to Old Irish ríad journey (cf. palfrey, rheda). See road

synonym study for ride

2. See drive.
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British Dictionary definitions for rid (1 of 2)

rid
/ (rɪd) /

verb rids, ridding, rid or ridded (tr)

(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 of rid

ridder, noun

Word Origin for rid

C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land

British Dictionary definitions for rid (2 of 2)

ride
/ (raɪd) /

verb rides, riding, rode or ridden

noun

Derived forms of ride

ridable or rideable, adjective

Word Origin for ride

Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha
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Idioms and Phrases with rid (1 of 2)

rid

see get rid of.

Idioms and Phrases with rid (2 of 2)

ride

In addition to the idioms beginning with ride

  • ride for a fall
  • ride hellbent for leather
  • ride herd on
  • ride high
  • ride out
  • ride roughshod over
  • ride shotgun
  • ride up

also see:

  • along for the ride
  • go along (for the ride)
  • gravy train, ride the
  • hitch a ride
  • let ride
  • take someone for a ride
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