When you clear out or eliminate something you don't want, you rid yourself of it. If even one child is allergic to peanuts, a school will often rid the cafeteria of all food made with peanuts.

For years, activists have worked to rid the world of nuclear weapons, while a dieter's priority might be to rid himself of ten extra pounds. Freeing someone from something unwanted is to rid them of it, whether it's ants in their kitchen or stress about their job. In the thirteenth century, rid meant "clear a space, set free, or save," from a Scandinavian root that's related to the Old Norse ryðja, "to clear land of obstructions."

Definitions of rid
  1. verb
    relieve from
    Rid the house of pests”
    synonyms: disembarrass, free
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    purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins
    free from a burden, evil, or distress
    smooth, smooth out
    free from obstructions
    clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
    rid of vermin
    free from a body or physical form or reality
    free from Nazi ideology or detach from Nazi allegiance
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