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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).



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, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book III, chapter xv:
      And that penaūce god hath ordeyned yow for that dede / that he that ye shalle most truste to of ony man alyue / he shalle leue yow ther ye shalle be slayne / 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.