- to destroy, kill, ruin, etc.
- to cause to become exhausted: only in the pp.
Origin of fordoMiddle English fordon ; from OE: see for- and amp; do
transitive verbfor·did , for·done , for·do·ing, for·does also fore·did or fore·done or fore·do·ing or fore·does Archaic
- To cause the death of; kill.
- To bring to ruin; destroy.
Origin of fordoMiddle English fordon, from Old English ford&omacron;n : for-, for- + d&omacron;n, to do; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fordoes, present participle fordoing, simple past fordid, past participle fordone)
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”).