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[fawr-seyk] /fɔrˈseɪk/
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
Related forms
forsaker, noun
unforsaking, adjective
1. See desert2 . 2. forswear, relinquish, forgo. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forsaking
  • Some conscientious consumers are forsaking all plastics entirely out of health concerns.
  • 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.
  • forsaking cotton underwear could be a health boo-boo.
  • One can hardly imagine any of them forsaking their futures and using those gifts on behalf of their country.
  • Nothing in there overtly said he was quitting, so he could not be accused of forsaking his contractual obligations.
  • Later editions are more expansive than the first, hopefully without forsaking clarity.
  • Some conscientious consumers are forsaking all plastics entirely out of health concerns.
  • We can do these things without forsaking the path of fiscal discipline that got us to this point here tonight.
British Dictionary definitions for forsaking


verb (transitive) -sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk), -saken (-ˈseɪkən)
to abandon
to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Derived Forms
forsaker, noun
Word Origin
Old English forsacan
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Word Origin and History for forsaking



Old English forsacan "object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake). Related: Forsaking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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