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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Courses do not always help to get rid of this feeling and can even make it worse.
▪ That will help get rid of too many managers.
▪ She also aims to help Joe Public get rid of those niggling aches and pains.
▪ Their insights and empowerment helped us get rid of lots of dumb practices, and to cut off problems at their source.
▪ We will explain why you mishit and help you to rid your game of these destructive shots.
▪ This will help rid him of disease, suppress immunity and create bone marrow space.
▪ Filling up immediately behind the wall with porous material such as ballast or gravel will also help to get rid of surplus water.
▪ It's alleged he cut his thumb on the broken glass and that Paterson helped him get rid of the bloodstained clothing.
▪ As if he was trying to get rid of a whole cloud of false ideas I probably had about it.
▪ I began slapping myself all over, trying to rid myself of the dust I had accumulated on the trip.
▪ She tried to get rid of the baby, but a friend said the abortion could kill Ethel.
▪ Jezrael inhaled freshness, trying to rid her nostrils of that cloying, heavy scent.
▪ And just you try and get rid of it.
▪ In giving most people middle-class aspirations it tried to rid the nation of its old-fashioned class structure.
▪ I tried everything to get rid of the extra weight with no success.
▪ I therefore put quite a lot of effort into trying to get rid of this embarrassing effect.
▪ He had ridden to her rescue like a knight on a white charger and now he was insulting her.
▪ Raving Red Sam had ridden a motor-bike once, she remembered, a job that had been much admired by the boys.
▪ The penny farthing made its first appearance in 1870 and was ridden round the world in 1884.
▪ The young Lieutenant had ridden on to the blade, and Sharpe had felt nothing.
▪ With a microwave, he calculates, we could get rid of our cook.
▪ Your job is to clear up, first to saw those branches up, to rid all major branches of smaller branches.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ride \Ride\, v. i. [imp. Rode (r[=o]d) ( Rid [r[i^]d], archaic); p. p. Ridden( Rid, archaic); p. pr. & vb. n. Riding.] [AS. r[=i]dan; akin to LG. riden, D. rijden, G. reiten, OHG. r[=i]tan, Icel. r[=i][eth]a, Sw. rida, Dan. ride; cf. L. raeda a carriage, which is from a Celtic word. Cf. Road.]

  1. To be carried on the back of an animal, as a horse.

    To-morrow, when ye riden by the way.

    Let your master ride on before, and do you gallop after him.

  2. To be borne in a carriage; as, to ride in a coach, in a car, and the like. See Synonym, below.

    The richest inhabitants exhibited their wealth, not by riding in gilden carriages, but by walking the streets with trains of servants.

  3. To be borne or in a fluid; to float; to lie.

    Men once walked where ships at anchor ride.

  4. To be supported in motion; to rest.

    Strong as the exletree On which heaven rides.

    On whose foolish honesty My practices ride easy!

  5. To manage a horse, as an equestrian.

    He rode, he fenced, he moved with graceful ease.

  6. To support a rider, as a horse; to move under the saddle; as, a horse rides easy or hard, slow or fast. To ride easy (Naut.), to lie at anchor without violent pitching or straining at the cables. To ride hard (Naut.), to pitch violently. To ride out.

    1. To go upon a military expedition. [Obs.]

    2. To ride in the open air. [Colloq.]

      To ride to hounds, to ride behind, and near to, the hounds in hunting.

      Syn: Drive.

      Usage: Ride, Drive. Ride originally meant (and is so used throughout the English Bible) to be carried on horseback or in a vehicle of any kind. At present in England, drive is the word applied in most cases to progress in a carriage; as, a drive around the park, etc.; while ride is appropriated to progress on a horse. Johnson seems to sanction this distinction by giving ``to travel on horseback'' as the leading sense of ride; though he adds ``to travel in a vehicle'' as a secondary sense. This latter use of the word still occurs to some extent; as, the queen rides to Parliament in her coach of state; to ride in an omnibus.

      ``Will you ride over or drive?'' said Lord Willowby to his quest, after breakfast that morning.
      --W. Black.


Rid \Rid\, imp. & p. p. of Ride, v. i. [Archaic]

He rid to the end of the village, where he alighted.


Rid \Rid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rid or Ridded; p. pr. & vb. n. Ridding.] [OE. ridden, redden, AS. hreddan to deliver, liberate; akin to D. & LG. redden, G. retten, Dan. redde, Sw. r["a]dda, and perhaps to Skr. ?rath to loosen.]

  1. To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of. [Obs.]

    Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
    --Ps. lxxxii. 4.

  2. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. ``Rid all the sea of pirates.''

    In never ridded myself of an overmastering and brooding sense of some great calamity traveling toward me.
    --De Quincey.

  3. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy. [Obs.]

    I will red evil beasts out of the land.
    --Lev. xxvi. 6.

    Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince!

  4. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. [R.] ``Willingness rids way.''

    Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves were at our tails.
    --J. Webster.

    To be rid of, to be free or delivered from.

    To get rid of, to get deliverance from; to free one's self from.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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 *reudijan (cognates: 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.


Etymology 1

  1. released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by "of") v

  2. To free from something. Etymology 2

    vb. (context obsolete English) (en-past of: ride)

  1. v. relieve from; "Rid the the house of pests" [syn: free, disembarrass]

  2. [also: ridding, ridded]


RID may refer to:

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  • Radionuclide identification device, a hand-held instrument for the detection and identification of radioactive sources
  • Refractive index detector, a type of chromatography detector
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, an American Sign Language interpreters' organization
  • Relative identifier, a component of Microsoft Windows NT security
  • Rivista Italiana Difesa, an Italian magazine related to military and geo-strategic issues
  • Robots in Disguise, an English electro band
  • Royal Institute Dictionary, a prescriptive dictionary of Thailand

Usage examples of "rid".

The workbooks help you become aware of your abusive history and find ways to get rid of the anger.

Marghe wondered how she had been able to tell about the cumulative toxic effect of the adjuvants just from that test, but had not doubted that she could, and was glad to find someone who thought she could help her body get rid of them.

Agatha bathed the babe while Galswinthe and Elspeth helped to rid Aelveva of the afterbirth, then cleansed her.

Nicolay was away a good deal that summer, in the mountains, trying to rid himself of ague, and John Hay was with Lincoln more than ever.

I ask that you swear a new oath to me: to lead this ship to Alcazar and let us aid your guild in ridding your people of this curse.

After which the inevitable and, Alkine prided himself, one of the most unique and compassionate ways of ridding a world of its native inhabitants ever conceived.

Chataya has no cause to love the queen, though, and she knows that she has you to thank for ridding her of Allar Deem.

But having got rid of the thing, Alsa was part of the past, expendable, perhaps already expended.

My stay in Dresden was marked by an amorous souvenir of which I got rid, as in previous similar circumstances, by a diet of six weeks.

He rid her of her suit jacket and skirt, then bent and tongued the nipples and areolas left bare by the cutouts of her bra.

Give him sixpence, or five shillings, or five pound ten--you are arithmeticians, and I am not--and get rid of him!

Kimball and Chloe have never donned Spandex and fled from a secret underground entrance to Ashling in a re-engineered Pontiac to rid Gotham City of its unsavory elements.

I, attempting to rid my tone of the impatience self-anger sought to fill it with.

Enyhow, thishere stranger awn whut lookted like a Kuhmbuhluhn hoss rid up aside of him and basted him with one them iron clubs the Kuhmbuhluhn mens fights with lots of times.

He made no reply, and I betook myself to my work again, but I confess that I began to be afraid of being rushed to extremities by this brute, of whom I was determined to rid myself.