rid (verb) past tense: rid
Rid means ‘to be free or to relieve of something unwanted.’
- Rid your mind of any doubts; I'll pay you back next week.
- When you want to relax, rid yourself of negative thoughts and breathe deeply.
get rid of: to become free of. Example: “Thanks to the exterminator, we got rid of the insect problem.”
riddance: the act of getting rid of anything unwanted. Example: “Fred’s mother-in-law finally went home. Good riddance!”
In pop culture
Here, Charlie Rich is singing “Who Will the Next Fool Be.” Listen for the opening lyric, “After you get rid of me, who will the next fool be?”