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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.).
Origin of forsake
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 forsake
  • 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.
  • Lots and lots of people will do so, and they'll forsake lots and lots of sleep.
  • It could be the first school library, public or private, to forsake ink and paper in favor of e-books.
  • Traveling might be the time when you let loose and relax, but it doesn't mean you have to completely forsake your eating regimen.
  • More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
  • forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him.
  • They forsake hockey for cricket and make sure that his fishing expeditions always yield good catches.
British Dictionary definitions for forsake


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 forsake

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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