rid also ridded; ridding

transitive verb

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

Examples of rid in a Sentence

worked two jobs to rid himself of debt

Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Rid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rid. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


rid also ridded; ridding
: to make free : relieve
rid yourself of worries
get rid of that junk

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