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

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. forsacan "decline, refuse," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake).
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Example sentences
Some conscientious consumers are forsaking all plastics entirely out of health
Forsaking zero-sum is the key to free-market thinking and, as parents know, the
  key to adult thinking.
By reading the lives of the saints they mutually inflamed each other with a
  desire of forsaking the world.
Forsaking the sunlit uplands of global finance, the market for capital is
  plunging into the shadows.
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