Definitions

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  • v. To forfeit (a possession, privilege, etc.); ruin (oneself) by one's own conduct.
  • v. To obstruct; barricade; block.
  • v. To do wrong to; injure; scathe.
  • v. To overwork; exhaust with toil.

Etymologies

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From Middle English forwirken, forwerken, forwurchen, from Old English forwercan, forwyrcan ("to do wrong, sin; ruin, undo, destroy; condemn, convict, curse; forfeit; barricade, obstruct, close up"), from Proto-Germanic *frawerkijanan, equivalent to for- +‎ work. Cognate with Dutch verwerken ("to digest, assimilate, work up, put into action"), German verwirken ("to forfeit"), Gothic  (frawaurkjan).

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