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[rid] /rɪd/
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
1150-1200; Middle English ridden (v.), Old English (ge)ryddan to clear (land); cognate with Old Norse rythja to clear, empty
Related forms
ridder, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for get rid of

rid

/rɪd/
verb (transitive) 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)
Derived Forms
ridder, noun
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land
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Word Origin and History for get rid of

rid

v.

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.

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Related Abbreviations for get rid of

RID

  1. radial immunodiffusion
  2. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
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Idioms and Phrases with get rid of

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.

rid

see: get rid of
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