Pronunciation Adjective

rid (not comparable) (not used attributively)

  1. Released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by of).
    I’m glad to be rid of that stupid nickname.
Translations Verb

rid (rids, present participle ridding; past rid, past participle rid) (ridden is rare and nonstandard)

  1. (transitive) To free (something) from a hindrance or annoyance.
    Synonyms: deliver, disencumber
    We're trying to rid the world of poverty.
  2. (transitive, mostly, obsolete) To banish.
    • 2008, John H. Goodwin, The Reluctant Spy (page 293)
      Worst of all were the leeches. The soldiers had managed to rid them from the camp interiors, but once you ventured out on patrol and into the wetlands, they were everywhere.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To kill.
Translations Verb
  1. (obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of ride
    • He rid to the end of the village, where he alighted.
    • 1930, William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, Library of America, 1985, p.67:
      "He would have rid that horse, too," pa says, "if I hadn't a stopped him. A durn spotted critter wilder than a catty-mount. A deliberate flouting of her and me."

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