forsake

[fawr-seyk]
verb (used with object), forsook, forsaken, forsaking.
1.
to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.
2.
to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English forsaken to deny, reject, Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- for- + sacan to dispute

forsaker, noun
unforsaking, adjective


1. See desert2. 2. forswear, relinquish, forgo.
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forsake (fəˈseɪk)
 
vb , -sakes, -saking, -sook, -saken
1.  to abandon
2.  to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
 
[Old English forsacan]
 
for'saker
 
n

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forsake
O.E. forsacan "decline, refuse," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake).
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Example sentences
Now, with the ice melting sooner, the bears can't hunt and must forsake that
  nutrition.
Even the docile mainstream media were forced to devote more coverage to the
  opposition, lest readers forsake them.
In order to meet the residency requirement during the election, he had to
  forsake his country mansion for a downtown flat.
When they have not become criminals themselves, the police forsake detection
  for repression.
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