AskDefine | Define rid

Dictionary Definition

rid v : relieve from; "Rid the the house of pests" [syn: free, disembarrass] [also: ridding, ridded]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'/
  • /'rɪd/


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


  1. To free from something.
    We're trying to rid the world of poverty.
    1170, King Henry II (offhand remark) — "Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?"


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

rid in German: RID
rid in Italian: RID

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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