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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rid \Rid\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rid or Ridded; p. pr. & vb. n. Ridding.] [OE. ridden, redden, AS. hreddan to deliver, liberate; akin to D. & LG. redden, G. retten, Dan. redde, Sw. r[aum]dda, and perhaps to Skr. ?rath to loosen.] 1. To save; to rescue; to deliver; -- with out of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked. --Ps. lxxxii. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. To free; to clear; to disencumber; -- followed by of. "Rid all the sea of pirates." --Shak. [1913 Webster] In never ridded myself of an overmastering and brooding sense of some great calamity traveling toward me. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 3. To drive away; to remove by effort or violence; to make away with; to destroy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I will red evil beasts out of the land. --Lev. xxvi. 6. [1913 Webster] Death's men, you have rid this sweet young prince! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To get over; to dispose of; to dispatch; to finish. [R.] "Willingness rids way." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Mirth will make us rid ground faster than if thieves were at our tails. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster] To be rid of, to be free or delivered from. To get rid of, to get deliverance from; to free one's self from. [1913 Webster]