verb (rids, ridding; past and past participle rid or • archaic ridded)[with object] (rid someone/something of)
- 1Make someone or something free of (a troublesome or unwanted person or thing): we now have the greatest chance ever to rid the world of nuclear weaponsMore example sentences
clear, free, purge, empty, strip
- And so the Dufourgs turned to Gina Rose, a 43-year-old Arizonan whose specialty is ridding buildings of unwanted energies.
- The beleaguered authority is to discuss the way forward in ridding the city of unwanted homes, which are magnets to vandals, at a meeting next Monday.
- But young people are fighting back in South Yorkshire and today will descend on London, seeking to rid their county of its unwanted image.
- 1.1 (be rid of) Be freed or relieved from: she couldn’t wait to be rid of usMore example sentences
- Parents wanting to be rid of undesirables will be free to set up their own grammar schools with their own selection systems.
- So, as you can imagine, she felt quite relieved to be rid of all that for three months.
- Touchwood sees the illegitimate child he has fathered as ‘a half a yard of flesh’ and, relieved to be rid of it with just a small financial outlay, he remarks ‘and would I were rid of all the wares in the shop so’.
be well rid of
- Be in a better state for having removed or disposed of (a troublesome or unwanted person or thing).More example sentences
- The Prime Minister told the committee: ‘I'm quite sure we did the right thing because, not merely was he a threat to his region, to the wider world, but it was an appalling regime that the world is well rid of.’
- For the next two days we went on as such, and by the time we reached the Post I was heartily sick of their constant ribbing about the boy, and had come to look on him as something to be well rid of as soon as we arrived.
- And judging by Tariana Turia's vote, Labour is well rid of her.
get rid of
- Take action so as to be free of (a troublesome or unwanted person or thing).More example sentences
- Perhaps you should dig it up, getting rid of all the roots, and try something else as a windbreak.
- Having a shave and getting rid of unwanted body hair in the heat or sauna is also supposed to be relaxing for the nerves and skin.
- Can you advise on the best way of getting rid of the smell?
Middle English: from Old Norse rythja. The original sense 'to clear' described clearing land of trees and undergrowth; this gave rise to 'free from refuse or encumbrances', later becoming generalized.