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GET RID OF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does get rid of mean? 

GET RID OF (verb)
  The verb GET RID OF has 3 senses:

1. dispose of
2. terminate or take out
3. do away with

  Familiarity information: GET RID OF used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GET RID OF (verb)


Sense 1get rid of [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dispose of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

get rid of; remove

Context examples:

Get rid of these old shoes! / The company got rid of all the dead wood

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "get rid of"):

detick (free (a pet) of ticks)

desulfurize; desulphurize (remove sulfur from)

destain (remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast)

deoxygenate (remove oxygen from (water))

delocalize (remove from the proper or usual locality)

delist (remove (a security) from listing at a stock exchange)

devein (remove the dark dorsal vein of (a shrimp))

fettle (remove mold marks or sand from (a casting))

flesh (remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture)

flense (strip the blubber or skin from (a whale or seal))

kern (remove a portion of space between (adjacent letters))

pith (remove the pith from (a plant))

scum (remove the scum from)

unbridle (remove the bridle from (a horse or mule))

deionize (remove ions from)

degrease (remove grease or oil from (a pan))

cast aside; cast away; cast out; chuck out; discard; dispose; fling; put away; throw away; throw out; toss; toss away; toss out (throw or cast away)

slough off (discard as undesirable)

comb out; weed out (remove unwanted elements)

work off (cause to go away through effort or work)

cull (remove something that has been rejected)

ditch; dump (sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly)

unmuzzle (remove the muzzle from (a dog))

de-aerate; deaerate (remove air or gas from)

decaffeinate (remove caffeine from (coffee))

decarbonate (remove carbon dioxide from)

decerebrate (remove the cerebrum from (a human body))

dechlorinate (remove chlorine from (water))

defat (remove the fat from)

defibrinate (remove fibrin from (blood))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2get rid of [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Terminate or take out

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

do away with; eliminate; get rid of

Context example:

Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics

Hypernyms (to "get rid of" is one way to...):

destroy; destruct (do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "get rid of"):

cancel out; wipe out (wipe out the effect of something)

except; exclude; leave off; leave out; omit; take out (prevent from being included or considered or accepted)

extinguish; snuff out (put an end to; kill)

cut; prune; rationalise; rationalize (weed out unwanted or unnecessary things)

cut out (delete or remove)

drown (get rid of as if by submerging)

knock out (eliminate)

obliterate (do away with completely, without leaving a trace)

decouple (eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive))

decouple (reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3get rid of [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do away with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

abolish; get rid of

Context example:

Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "get rid of"):

cashier (discard or do away with)

abrogate (revoke formally)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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