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verb rid pronunciation in British English /rɪd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleridding
past tenserid
past participlerid

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phrasal verb

rid of

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyrid of
he/she/itrids of
present participleridding of
past tenserid of
past participlerid of
rid someone/something of someone/something to stop a person or thing being affected by something annoying, unpleasant, or harmful by removing it

a movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons

rid yourself of someone/something:

You’d do well to rid yourself of those romantic notions.


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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