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”).
- (obsolete) To kill, destroy.
- (obsolete) To annul, abolish, cancel.
- (archaic) To do away with, undo; to ruin.
- (archaic) To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust.
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