Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause (someone) to be free from something; relieve or disencumber.
  • idiom (get rid of) To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A variant of red.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Archaic imp. & p. p. of ride, v. i.
  • transitive verb obsolete To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of.
  • transitive verb To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of.
  • transitive verb obsolete To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy.
  • transitive verb rare To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish.
  • transitive verb to be free or delivered from.
  • transitive verb to get deliverance from; to free one's self from.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by "of")
  • verb To free from something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb relieve from

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ridden, probably from Old Norse rydhja, to clear land.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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.

    Chris Weigant: Saint Patrick and the Snakes

  • 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

  • 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.

    This week's Arneisms

  • 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.

    Rudy Campaign Official: He's The Guy To Chase "The Muslims" Back "To Their Caves"

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    December 25, 2006