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forsake

[fawr-seyk] /fɔrˈseɪk/
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
900
before 900; Middle English forsaken to deny, reject, Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- for- + sacan to dispute
Related forms
forsaker, noun
unforsaking, adjective
Synonyms
1. See desert2 . 2. forswear, relinquish, forgo.
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forsake

/fəˈseɪk/
verb (transitive) -sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk), -saken (-ˈseɪkən)
1.
to abandon
2.
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 un-forsaking

forsake

v.

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

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