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tr.v. geld·ed, geld·ing, gelds
1. To castrate (a horse, for example).
2. To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.
[Middle English gelden, from Old Norse gelda.]
A tax paid to the crown by English landholders under Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings.
[Middle English geld and Medieval Latin geldum, both from Old English geld, gield, payment.]
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