- 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 rids
The nobleman cuts it off, and so rids the village of its fatal visitor.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
For so this doth, and rids way (as we call it) as fast as a man can run.Highways & Byways in Sussex
And every illusion one rids oneself of is so much to the good.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
This rids us of one hypothesis: the sense of direction is not exercised by the antennae.The Mason-bees
J. Henri Fabre
For so this doth, and rids away as we call it, as fast as a man can run.The History and Antiquities of Horsham
- (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 rids
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 rids
see get rid of.