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Definition of rid verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

rid

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rid
BrE BrE//rɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪd//
 
he / she / it rids
BrE BrE//rɪdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪdz//
 
past simple rid
BrE BrE//rɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪd//
 
past participle rid
BrE BrE//rɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪd//
 
-ing form ridding
BrE BrE//ˈrɪdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪdɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse rythja. The original sense ‘to clear’ described clearing land of trees and undergrowth; this gave rise to ‘free from rubbish or encumbrances’, later becoming generalized.Extra examples I cannot rid myself of the fear of running short of money. She tried to rid herself of her guests. The Prime Minister’s aim was to rid the country of socialism forever.Idioms
be rid of somebody/something
 
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(formal) to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want She wanted to be rid of her parents and their authority. I was glad to be rid of the car when I finally sold it. (British English) He was a nuisance and we're all well rid of him (= we'll be much better without him).
get rid of somebody/something
 
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 to make yourself free of somebody/something that is annoying you or that you do not want; to throw something away Try and get rid of your visitors before I get there. The problem is getting rid of nuclear waste. I can't get rid of this headache. We got rid of all the old furniture.
want rid of somebody/something
 
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(British English, informal) to want to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want Are you trying to say you want rid of me?
Phrasal Verbsrid somebody of somebodyrid yourself of somebody
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