1 [rid]
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
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.

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

ridder, noun
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2 [rid]
verb Archaic.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride.


verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding.
to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal.
to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of conveyance.
to move or float on the water: the surfboarders riding on the crests of the waves.
to move along in any way; be carried or supported: He is riding along on his friend's success. Distress is riding among the people.
to have a specified character for riding purposes: The car rides smoothly.
to be conditioned; depend (usually followed by on ): All his hopes are riding on getting that promotion.
Informal. to continue without interruption or interference: He decided to let the bet ride.
to be carried on something, as a litter, a person's shoulders, or the like.
to work or move up from the proper place or position (usually followed by up ): Her skirt rode up above her knees.
to extend or project over something, as the edge of one thing over the edge of another thing.
to turn or rest on something: the great globe of the world riding on its axis.
to appear to float in space, as a heavenly body: A blood-red moon rode in the cloudless sky.
to lie at anchor, as a ship.
verb (used with object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding.
to sit on and manage (a horse, bicycle, etc.) so as to be carried along.
to sit or move along on (something); be carried or borne along on: The ship rode the waves. We ride a bus.
to ride over, along, or through (a road, boundary, region, etc.); traverse.
to ridicule or harass persistently: The boys keep riding him about his poor grades.
to control, dominate, or tyrannize over: a man ridden by fear; a country that is ridden by a power-mad dictator.
to cause to ride.
to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse: He rode the child about on his back.
to execute by riding: to ride a race.
to rest on, especially by overlapping.
to keep (a vessel) at anchor or moored.
Jazz. to play improvisations on (a melody).
a journey or excursion on a horse, camel, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
a means of or arrangement for transportation by motor vehicle: We'll handle rides to be sure everyone gets home quickly.
the vehicle used for transportation: I've got to hang up now—my ride's here.
a vehicle or device, as a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, or merry-go-round, on which people ride for amusement.
a way, road, etc., made especially for riding.
Verb phrases
ride out,
to sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
to sustain or endure successfully.
ride down,
to trample or overturn by riding upon or against.
to ride up to; overtake; capture: The posse rode down the escaping bank robber.
Nautical. to bear down upon (a rope of a tackle) with all one's weight.
ride for a fall, to conduct oneself so as to invite misfortune or injury.
ride herd on. herd1 ( def 6 ).
ride shotgun. shotgun ( def 9 ).
ride the beam, Aeronautics. to fly along the course indicated by a radio beam.
take for a ride, Slang.
to murder, especially by abducting the victim for that purpose.
to deceive; trick: It was obvious to everyone but me that I was being taken for a 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

2. See drive.
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rid (rɪd)
vb , 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)
[C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land]

ride (raɪd)
vb (often foll by on) , rides, riding, rode, ridden
1.  to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
2.  (tr) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
3.  (intr; often foll by on or in) to be carried along or travel on or in a vehicle: she rides to work on the bus
4.  (tr) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
5.  (tr) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
6.  to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves; the moon was riding high
7.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
8.  (intr) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
9.  (intr) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
10.  (tr) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
11.  (esp of a bone) to overlap or lie over (another structure or part)
12.  informal (South African)
 a.  (intr) to drive a car
 b.  (tr) to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
13.  (tr) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
14.  slang (tr) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
15.  (tr; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
16.  informal (tr) to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don't ride me so hard over my failure
17.  informal (intr) to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
18.  (tr) to endure successfully; ride out
19.  (tr) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
20.  (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
21.  (intr) jazz to play well, esp in freely improvising at perfect tempo
22.  ride roughshod over to domineer over or act with complete disregard for
23.  ride to hounds to take part in a fox hunt on horseback
24.  ride for a fall to act in such a way as to invite disaster
25.  informal ride again to return to a former activity or scene of activity
26.  riding high confident, popular, and successful
27.  a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
28.  a path specially made for riding on horseback
29.  transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
30.  a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
31.  slang an act of sexual intercourse
32.  slang a partner in sexual intercourse
33.  informal take for a ride
 a.  to cheat, swindle, or deceive
 b.  to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
[Old English rīdan; related to Old High German rītan, Old Norse rītha]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. ryðja (past tense ruddi, past participle ruddr) "to clear (land) of obstructions," from P.Gmc. *reudijanan (cf. O.H.G. riuten, Ger. reuten "to clear land," O.Fris. rothia "to clear," O.E. -royd "clearing," common in northern place names). The general sense of "to make (something)
free (of something else)" emerged by 1565. Senses merged somewhat with Northern Eng., Scot., and U.S. dial redd. Riddance is attested from 1535.

O.E. ridan "ride" (as on horseback), "move forward, rock" (class I strong verb; past tense rad, pp. riden), from P.Gmc. *ridanan (cf. O.N. riða, O.Fris. rida, M.Du. riden, Ger. reiten), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (cf. O.Ir. riadaim "I travel," O.Gaul. reda "chariot"). Meaning "heckle" is from 1912;
that of "have sex with (a woman)" is from 1250; that of "dominate cruelly" is from 1583. The noun is first recorded 1759; slang meaning "a motor vehicle" is recorded from 1930; sense of "amusement park device" is from 1934. To ride out "endure (a storm, etc.) without great damage" is from 1529. To ride shotgun is 1963, from Old West stagecoach custom in the movies. To ride shank's mare "walk" is from 1846. To take (someone) for a ride "tease, mislead, cheat," is first attested 1925, Amer.Eng., possibly from underworld sense of "take on a car trip with intent to kill" (1927). Phrase go along for the ride "join in passively" is from 1960. 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).
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Getting rid of tenure, he says, is akin to introducing free agency into the
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Now they are trying to get rid of it all, down to their fancy wedding bands.
They have less surface area to get rid of heat with.
They rid the environment of carrion, which breed diseases-including anthrax.
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