verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
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.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride.
verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding.
to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal.
to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of conveyance.
to move or float on the water:
the surfboarders riding on the crests of the waves.
to move along in any way; be carried or supported:
He is riding along on his friend’s success. Distress is riding among the people.
to have a specified character for riding purposes:
The car rides smoothly.
to be conditioned; depend (usually followed by on):
All his hopes are riding on getting that promotion.
Informal. to continue without interruption or interference:
He decided to let the bet ride.
to be carried on something, as a litter, a person’s shoulders, or the like.
to work or move up from the proper place or position (usually followed by up):
Her skirt rode up above her knees.
to extend or project over something, as the edge of one thing over the edge of another thing.
to turn or rest on something:
the great globe of the world riding on its axis.
to appear to float in space, as a heavenly body:
A blood-red moon rode in the cloudless sky.
to lie at anchor, as a ship.
verb (used with object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding.
to sit on and manage (a horse, bicycle, etc.) so as to be carried along.
to sit or move along on (something); be carried or borne along on:
The ship rode the waves. We ride a bus.
to ride over, along, or through (a road, boundary, region, etc.); traverse.
to ridicule or harass persistently:
The boys keep riding him about his poor grades.
to control, dominate, or tyrannize over:
a man ridden by fear; a country that is ridden by a power-mad dictator.
to cause to ride.
to carry (a person) on something as if on a horse:
He rode the child about on his back.
to execute by riding:
to ride a race.
to rest on, especially by overlapping.
to keep (a vessel) at anchor or moored.
Jazz. to play improvisations on (a melody).
a journey or excursion on a horse, camel, etc., or on or in a vehicle.
a means of or arrangement for transportation by motor vehicle:
We’ll handle rides to be sure everyone gets home quickly.
the vehicle used for transportation:
I’ve got to hang up now—my ride’s here.
a vehicle or device, as a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, or merry-go-round, on which people ride for amusement.
a way, road, etc., made especially for riding.
to sustain (a gale, storm, etc.) without damage, as while riding at anchor.
to sustain or endure successfully.
to trample or overturn by riding upon or against.
to ride up to; overtake; capture:
The posse rode down the escaping bank robber.
Nautical. to bear down upon (a rope of a tackle) with all one’s weight.
ride for a fall, to conduct oneself so as to invite misfortune or injury.
ride herd on. herd1 (def 6).
ride shotgun. shotgun (def 9).
ride the beam, Aeronautics. to fly along the course indicated by a radio beam.
take for a ride, Slang.
to murder, especially by abducting the victim for that purpose.
to deceive; trick:
It was obvious to everyone but me that I was being taken for a ride.
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)
verb rides, riding, rode, ridden
to sit on and control the movements of (a horse or other animal)
(transitive) to sit on and propel (a bicycle or similar vehicle)
(intransitive; often foll by on or in) to be carried along or travel on or in a vehicle: she rides to work on the bus
(transitive) to travel over or traverse: they rode the countryside in search of shelter
(transitive) to take part in by riding: to ride a race
to travel through or be carried across (sea, sky, etc): the small boat rode the waves, the moon was riding high
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to cause to be carried: to ride someone out of town
(intransitive) to be supported as if floating: the candidate rode to victory on his new policies
(intransitive) (of a vessel) to lie at anchor
(transitive) (of a vessel) to be attached to (an anchor)
(esp of a bone) to overlap or lie over (another structure or part)
(South African, informal)
(intransitive) to drive a car
(transitive) to transport (goods, farm produce, etc) by motor vehicle or cart
(transitive) (of a male animal) to copulate with; mount
(transitive) (slang) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
(transitive; usually passive) to tyrannize over or dominate: ridden by fear
(transitive) (informal) to persecute, esp by constant or petty criticism: don’t ride me so hard over my failure
(intransitive) (informal) to continue undisturbed: I wanted to change something, but let it ride
(transitive) to endure successfully; ride out
(transitive) to yield slightly to (a blow or punch) in order to lessen its impact
(intransitive) often foll by on. (of a bet) to remain placed: let your winnings ride on the same number
(intransitive) (jazz) to play well, esp in freely improvising at perfect tempo
ride roughshod over, to domineer over or act with complete disregard for
ride to hounds, to take part in a fox hunt on horseback
ride for a fall, to act in such a way as to invite disaster
(informal) ride again, to return to a former activity or scene of activity
riding high, confident, popular, and successful
a journey or outing on horseback or in a vehicle
a path specially made for riding on horseback
transport in a vehicle, esp when given freely to a pedestrian; lift: can you give me a ride to the station?
a device or structure, such as a roller coaster at a fairground, in which people ride for pleasure or entertainment
(slang) an act of sexual intercourse
(slang) a partner in sexual intercourse
(informal) take for a ride
to cheat, swindle, or deceive
to take (someone) away in a car and murder him
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
see: get rid of
adjective 1. capable of being ridden, as a horse. 2. capable of being ridden over, through, etc., as a road or a stream.
noun 1. the act or fact of clearing away or out, as anything undesirable. 2. relief or deliverance from something. Idioms 3. good riddance, a welcome relief or deliverance from something: He’s gone, and good riddance! noun 1. the act of getting rid of something undesirable or unpleasant; deliverance or removal (esp in the phrase […]
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding. 1. 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. 2. to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of): to rid the mind […]
verb 1. a past participle of ride. verb (used without object), rode or (Archaic) rid; ridden or (Archaic) rid; riding. 1. to sit on and manage a horse or other animal in motion; be carried on the back of an animal. 2. to be borne along on or in a vehicle or other kind of […]