get rid of
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dispose of get rid of
If you dispose of something that you no longer want or need, you throw it away or give it to someone.
You must use of after dispose. Don't say that someone 'disposes something'.
Dispose is a fairly formal word. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually say that someone gets rid of something.
|Verb||1.||get rid of - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"|
chuck out, discard, cast aside, cast away, throw away, toss away, toss out, put away, throw out, cast out, dispose, fling, toss - throw or cast away; "Put away your worries"
slough off - discard as undesirable; "the candidate sloughed off his former campaign workers"
comb out, weed out - remove unwanted elements; "The company weeded out the incompetent people"; "The new law weeds out the old inequities"
work off - cause to go away through effort or work; "work off the extra pounds you have gained over the holidays"; "we must work off the debt"
cull - remove something that has been rejected; "cull the sick members of the herd"
dump, ditch - sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly; "The company dumped him after many years of service"; "She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man"
unmuzzle - remove the muzzle from (a dog)
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)
degrease - remove grease or oil from (a pan)
deionize - remove ions from
delist - remove (a security) from listing at a stock exchange
delocalize - remove from the proper or usual locality
deoxygenate - remove oxygen from (water)
destain - remove stain from (a laboratory specimen) to enhance contrast
detick - free (a pet) of ticks
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)
|2.||get rid of - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"|
cancel out, wipe out - wipe out the effect of something; "The new tax effectively cancels out my raise"; "The `A' will cancel out the `C' on your record"
decouple - reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
decouple - eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)
obliterate - do away with completely, without leaving a trace
knock out - eliminate; "knock out a target"
drown - get rid of as if by submerging; "She drowned her trouble in alcohol"
cut out - delete or remove; "Cut out the extra text"; "cut out the newspaper article"
prune, rationalize, rationalise, cut - weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
extinguish, snuff out - put an end to; kill; "The Nazis snuffed out the life of many Jewish children"
exclude, leave out, omit, leave off, except, take out - prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"
|3.||get rid of - do away with; "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"|
cashier - discard or do away with; "cashier the literal sense of this word"
abrogate - revoke formally