to clear, disencumber, or free of something objectionable (usually followed by of):
I want to rid the house of mice. In my opinion, you’d be wise to rid yourself of the smoking habit.
to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of):
to rid the mind of doubt.
Archaic. to deliver or rescue:
to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by:
to be rid of obligations.
get rid of, to eliminate or discard:
It’s time we got rid of this trash.
verb (transitive) rids, ridding, rid, ridded
(foll by of) to relieve or deliver from something disagreeable or undesirable; make free (of): to rid a house of mice
get rid of, to relieve or free oneself of (something or someone unpleasant or undesirable)
c.1200, “clear (a space); set free, save,” from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ryðja (past tense ruddi, past participle ruddr) “to clear (land) of obstructions,” from Proto-Germanic *reudijanan (cf. Old High German riuten, German reuten “to clear land,” Old Frisian rothia “to clear,” Old English -royd “clearing,” common in northern place names), from PIE root *reudh- “to clear land.” The general sense of “to make (something) free (of something else)” emerged by 1560s. Senses merged somewhat with Northern English, Scottish, and U.S. dialectal redd. To get rid of (something or someone) is from 1660s. Related: Ridden; ridding.
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Vitus [vee-too s] /ˈvi tʊs/ (Show IPA), 1680–1741, Danish navigator: explorer of the N Pacific. Contemporary Examples The limit on total groundfish removals from the eastern Bering Sea keeps it productive. The Big Idea: Saving the World’s Most Important Fish Kevin M. Bailey August 8, 2013 In the long term it would be unwise and […]
- Bering sea
a part of the N Pacific, N of the Aleutian Islands. 878,000 sq. mi. (2,274,000 sq. km). Contemporary Examples The limit on total groundfish removals from the eastern Bering Sea keeps it productive. The Big Idea: Saving the World’s Most Important Fish Kevin M. Bailey August 8, 2013 In the long term it would be […]
- Bering time
See under standard time. the civil time officially adopted for a country or region, usually the civil time of some specific meridian lying within the region. The standard time zones in the U.S. (Atlantic time, Eastern time, Central time, Mountain time, Pacific time, Yukon time, Alaska-Hawaii time, and Bering time) use the civil times of […]
- Bering strait
a strait between Alaska and the Russian Federation in Asia, connecting the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean. 36 miles (58 km) wide. Contemporary Examples At the time, Palin was ridiculed for suggesting that one could literally see Russia across the Bering Strait. My Russian Spy Ring Dream Team Reihan Salam June 29, 2010 Historical […]