from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from: He was finally able to rid himself of all financial worries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by "of")
- v. To free from something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. & p. p. of ride, v. i.
- transitive v. To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of.
- transitive v. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of.
- transitive v. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy.
- transitive v. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away; remove, as from a position of trouble or danger; deliver.
- To separate or free from anything superfluous or objectionable; disencumber; clear.
- To send or drive away; expel; banish.
- To clear away; disencumber or clear one's self of; get rid of.
- Specifically— To part from; dispose of; spend.
- To get through or over; accomplish; achieve; despatch.
- To put out of the way; destroy; kill.
- To part; put asunder; separate.
- Free; clear; quit; relieved: followed by of.
- An obsolete or dialectal preterit of ride.
- A dialectal variant of red.
- n. A variant of red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. relieve from
Middle English ridden, from Old Norse rydhja, to clear land, from hrjōdha, to strip, clear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Fusion of Middle English redden ("to deliver from, rid, clear") (from Old English hreddan ("to deliver, rescue, free from, take away"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanan (“to save, deliver”)) and Middle English ridden ("to clear away, remove obstructions") (from Old English ġeryddan ("to clear land"), from Proto-Germanic *riudijanan (“to clear”)). Akin to Old Frisian hredda ("to save"), German retten ("to save, deliver"), Old Norse ryðja ("to clear, empty"), Old Norse hrōðja ("to clear, strip"). More at redd. (Wiktionary)