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[rid] /rɪd/
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.
Origin of rid1
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


[rid] /rɪd/
verb, Archaic.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride. Unabridged
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  • She would doubtless be thankful to escape questions, and get back to her mother—which really meant, ridding herself of Garth.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • The use of the eye cup may help in ridding the eye of the body.

  • Everything in life looked too bright since I succeeded in ridding myself of this incubus, and, then I found you.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • I should like to be the means of ridding the frontier of that villain, for he is dangerous.

    George at the Fort Harry Castlemon
  • Never had Mr. ridding been so warmly welcomed anywhere in his life.

    Christopher and Columbus Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
British Dictionary definitions for ridding


verb (transitive) rids, ridding, rid, ridded
(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)
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 ridding



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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Idioms and Phrases with ridding


see: get rid of
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