verb (used with object), rid or rid·ded, rid·ding.
Origin of rid1
Definition for rid (2 of 3)
Definition for rid (3 of 3)
verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; rid·den or (Archaic) rid; rid·ing.
verb (used with object), rode or (Archaic) rid; rid·den or (Archaic) rid; rid·ing.
- to sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
- to sustain or endure successfully.
Origin of ride
Examples from the Web for rid
“The Americans were a tool, used by the Safis in the Pech to rid them of their competition in the timber trade,” Zalwar Khan said.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They fought him and finally caved and shot it, but then got rid of it in the editing room.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler|Marlow Stern|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He then got rid of all the ridiculous sides of it: like the 10-day calendar, the cult of the Supreme Being, and mass guillotines.
James and NBPA head Chris Paul have already suggested that it might be time to get rid of salary constraints altogether.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling|Robert Silverman|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They decided to get rid of the compromising objects immediately.
We have not time or inclination to indulge in fanciful troubles until we have got rid of our real misfortunes.Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow|Jerome K. Jerome
He seemed quite pleased to get rid of her so easily, and placing all her confidence in Mary, she withdrew.The Miraculous Medal|Jean Marie Aladel
It was, besides, so easy to get rid of the exiles of Valencay by sending them back to the place from whence they had been brought!Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete|Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Marry, I would he would take exception, he should not want ill-usage to rid me of his trouble.A Select Collection of Old English Plays|Robert Dodsley
Russia was glad to be rid of her possessions in North America.The Great Company|Beckles Willson
British Dictionary definitions for rid (1 of 2)
verb rids, ridding, rid or ridded (tr)
Word Origin for rid
British Dictionary definitions for rid (2 of 2)
verb rides, riding, rode or ridden
- (intr) to drive a car
- (tr) to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
- to cheat, swindle, or deceive
- to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
Word Origin for ride
Word Origin and History for rid (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for rid (1 of 3)
Old English ridan "sit or be carried on" (as on horseback), "move forward; rock; float, sail" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, past participle riden), from Proto-Germanic *ridanan (cf. Old Norse riða, Old Saxon ridan, Old Frisian rida "to ride," Middle Dutch riden, Dutch rijden, Old High Germn ritan, German reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. Old Irish riadaim "I travel," Old Gaulish reda "chariot").
Meaning "heckle" is from 1912; that of "have sex with (a woman)" is from mid-13c.; that of "dominate cruelly" is from 1580s. To ride out "endure (a storm, etc.) without great damage" is from 1520s. To ride shotgun is 1963, from Old West stagecoach custom in the movies. To ride shank's mare "walk" is from 1846 (see shank (n.)).
Word Origin and History for rid (2 of 3)
1759, "journey on the back of a horse or in a vehicle," from ride (v.); slang meaning "a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1930; sense of "amusement park device" is from 1934. Meaning "act of sexual intercourse" is from 1937. To take (someone) for a ride "tease, mislead, cheat," is first attested 1925, American English, possibly from underworld sense of "take on a car trip with intent to kill" (1927). Phrase go along for the ride in the figurative sense "join in passively" is from 1956. A ride cymbal (1956) is used by jazz drummers for keeping up continuous rhythm, as opposed to a crash cymbal (ride as "rhythm" in jazz slang is recorded from 1936).
Idioms and Phrases with rid (1 of 2)
see get rid of.
Idioms and Phrases with rid (2 of 2)
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
- along for the ride
- go along (for the ride)
- gravy train, ride the
- hitch a ride
- let ride
- take someone for a ride