Definition of fordo in English:

fordo

Line breaks: for¦do
Pronunciation: /fɔːˈduː
 
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(also foredo)

verb (fordoes, fordoing, fordid; past participle fordone)

[with object] archaic
  • Kill; destroy: by the sword’s edge his life shall be foredone
    More example sentences
    • So there he lay asleep, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, fordone with toil and drowsiness.
    • ‘This is the night that either makes me or foredoes me quite’ is surely the cry of a man experiencing this level of risk for the first time.
    • To the which the king said: Now I see well that thou wouldest foredo the laws of this land which have been used in the days of my predecessors, but it shall not lie in thy power, and so the king being wroth departed.

Origin

Old English fordōn; related to Dutch verdoen and German vertun, and ultimately to for and do1.

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