fordo

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From Middle English fordon, from Old English fordōn (to undo, bring to naught, ruin, destroy, abolish, kill, corrupt, seduce, defile), from Proto-Germanic *fardōną, *fradōną (to ruin, destroy), equivalent to for- +‎ do. Cognate with Dutch verdoen (to kill, waste), German vertun (to waste, spend, consume).

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fordo (third-person singular simple present fordoes, present participle fordoing, simple past fordid, past participle fordone)

  1. (obsolete) To kill, destroy.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet , act V scene 1:
      [...] This doth betoken / The corpse they follow did with desperate hand / Fordo it own life.
  2. (obsolete) To annul, abolish, cancel.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV:
      Me forthynketh said kynge Pellinore that this shalle me betyde but god may fordoo wel desteny.
  3. (archaic) To do away with, undo; to ruin
  4. (archaic) To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust.

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