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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.


vb. (en-simple pastrid)

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

  2. [also: ridding, ridded]


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Usage examples of "ridded".

Panama had been ridded of a villain, and his own life had not been forfeited.

They ridded themselves of long and pointed orations concerning Monk and his ancestry.