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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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]

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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.
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get rid of

Also, be rid of. Eliminate, discard, or free oneself from. For example, It's time we got rid of these old newspapers, or He kept calling for months, but now we're finally rid of him. The first expression dates from the mid-1600s, the second from the 1400s. Also see get out of, def. 5.

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Example sentences
Once you're ready to get rid of something, consider whether it still has some
  useful life left in it.
The simple act of washing your hands seems to get rid of the need to justify a
  tough choice, researchers say.
Get rid of all that bureaucratic apparatus, he suggested.
But there is an exception to the rule: these days, credit-card companies are
  trying to get rid of customers.
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