from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Archaic To bring to ruin; destroy.
- transitive v. Archaic To exhaust utterly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To kill, destroy.
- v. To annul, abolish, cancel.
- v. To do away with, undo; to ruin
- v. To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To destroy; to undo; to ruin.
- transitive v. To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To do away; undo; destroy; ruin.
- To exhaust, overpower, or overcome, as by fatigue.
Middle English fordon, from Old English fordōn : for-, for- + dōn, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English fordon, from Old English fordōn ("to undo, bring to naught, ruin, destroy, abolish, kill, corrupt, seduce, defile"), from Proto-Germanic *fardōnan, *fradōnan (“to ruin, destroy”), equivalent to for- + do. Cognate with Dutch verdoen ("to kill, waste"), German vertun ("to waste, spend, consume"). (Wiktionary)