Middle English Dictionary Entry

dēvẹ̄r, -er n.
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don dever [AF faire dever], (a) to do (one's) duty (as a Christian, priest, lord, knight, tenant, official, etc.); (b) to do one's best, do all one can; also, make an effort.
putten in devoir [F se mettre en devoir], (a) to assume responsibility (for sth.), make an effort or undertake (to do sth.); -- refl.; (b) to undertake (sth.).
(a) A feudal service or tax; (b) whatever is due or proper; for mi ~, for my sake.