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verb (used with object), for·did, for·done, for·do·ing. Archaic.
  1. to do away with; kill; destroy.
  2. to ruin; undo.
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Also foredo.

Origin of fordo

before 900; Middle English fordon, Old English fordōn (see fore-, do1); cognate with Dutch verdoen, Old High German fartuon
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Examples from the Web for fordo

Historical Examples of fordo

  • The wolf is the devil, who lies in ambush about God's church, and watches how he may fordo the souls of christian men with sins.

    The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church


  • Forsooth this is a shameful custom of a lady, and if I had not a great matter in my hand I should fordo your evil customs.

  • Me forthinketh, said King Pellinore, that this shall me betide, but God may fordo well destiny.

British Dictionary definitions for fordo



verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr) archaic
  1. to destroy
  2. to exhaust
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Word Origin for fordo

Old English fordōn; related to Old Saxon fardōn, Old High German fartuon, Dutch verdoen; see for-, do 1
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