rid

1 [rid]
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
1.
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.
2.
to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of ): to rid the mind of doubt.
3.
Archaic. to deliver or rescue: to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
Idioms
4.
be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by: to be rid of obligations.
5.
get rid of, to eliminate or discard: It's time we got rid of this trash.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
'ridder
 
n

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rid
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.
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RID
  1. radial immunodiffusion

  2. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

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