Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The cries for gettin rid of the Shuttle and returning to an obsolete means of getting into space is that the Shuttle is unsafe.

    Schedule Pressure and Shuttle Safety - NASA Watch

  • He had coughed that first day in order to rid is lungs of the lint; and for the same reason he had coughed ever since.

    The Apostate

  • I am becoming much more detached emotionally from my fat which I can only see as healthy really, if it doesn’t mean anything it’s not hard to say goodbye and get rid is it?

    I did it!

  • These terms rid Natura of a great part of that insupportable constraint he had been under, but gave not the least satisfaction, as to his jealousy of honour; he doubted not but she would be guilty of many things, injurious in the highest degree to their public character, and which yet it would not so well become him to exert his authority in opposing, and these reflections gave him the most terrible inquietude; which shews, that though _jealousy_ is called the child of _love_, it is very possible to feel all the tortures of the

    Life's Progress Through The Passions Or, The Adventures of Natura

  • Patrick never, like the Pied Piper, charmed actual snakes into mass suicide so the Irish people wouldn't ever have to worry about them again -- but he did "rid" the island of the snake-tattooed Druids, in a way.

    Saint Patrick and the Snakes

  • Also note the reference to chasing them "back to their caves," not to mention the outright call for getting "rid" of them -- them being, again, the Muslims.

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Rudy Campaign Official: He's The Guy To Chase "The Muslims" Back "To Their Caves"

  • Yes, of course, he does not mean all teachers, and yes, of course, by "rid" he simply meant not rehiring teachers who cannot, for whatever reasons, adequately teach.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • There was never any attempt to "rid" the area of the few Arabs that there were, or of those Arabs that immigrated into this area along with the Jews.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Reuters Trafic on the highway in front of Beijing's National Olympic Stadium, also known as the 'rid's Nest.' which will host the Opening Ceremonies.

    China Maps Out New Route to Cleaner Air

  • Crude as it was, it was good enough to "rid" Germany of twelve million "undesirables" in only a few years.

    Humanity's Final, Final Solution: Resistance will be futile.

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    December 25, 2006