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RID, preterit of ride.

RID, verb transitive preterit tense rid; participle passive id.

1. To free; to deliver; properly, to separate, and thus to deliver or save.

That he might rid him out of their hands. Genesis 37:22.

I will rid you out of their bondage. Exodus 6:6.

2. To separate; to drive away.

I will rid evil beasts out of the land. Leviticus 26:6.

[This use is not common.]

3. To free; to clear; to disencumber; as, to rid one of his care. It is not easy to rid the sea of pirates.

Resolv'd at once to rid himself of pain.

4. To dispatch.

For willingness rids away.

5. To drive away; to remove by violence; to destroy.

Ah death's men! you have rid this sweet young prince.

RID, pp or adjective Free; clear; as, to be rid of trouble.

To get rid of, to free one's self.