\ ˈrid How to pronounce rid (audio) \
rid also ridded; ridding

Definition of rid

transitive verb

1 : to make free : relieve, disencumber rid the complexion of blemishes be rid of worries get rid of that junk
2 archaic : save, rescue

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Examples of rid in a Sentence

worked two jobs to rid himself of debt

First Known Use of rid

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for rid

Middle English ridden to clear, probably from Old English *ryddan; akin to Old High German riutan to clear land, Old Norse rythja

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The first known use of rid was in the 13th century

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“Rid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rid. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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\ ˈrid How to pronounce rid (audio) \
rid also ridded; ridding

Kids Definition of rid

: to free from something : relieve A shampoo rid the dog of fleas.

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