Meaning of “rid” in the English Dictionary


"rid" in English

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uk /rɪd/ us /rɪd/
be rid of sth/sb

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to not now have an unwanted or unpleasant task, object, or person:

I didn't enjoy marking those papers and I was glad to be rid of them.
get rid of sth

B1 to remove or throw away something unwanted:

That cream got rid of my skin rash.
I used weedkiller to get rid of the weeds in the garden.

B1 to sell an old or unwanted possession:

Have you managed to get rid of your old Volvo yet?
get rid of sb

C1 to send away someone annoying or to persuade them to leave:

We got rid of our unwelcome guests by saying we had to go to bed.

(Definition of “rid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rid" in American English

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ridverb [ T ]

us /rɪd/ past tense and past participle rid

to free a person or place of something unwanted or harmful:

In the city, it is hard to rid a building permanently of pests.

(Definition of “rid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)