forsake


for·sake

verb \fər-ˈsāk, fr-\

: to give up or leave (someone or something) entirely

for·sook \-ˈsk\ for·sak·en \-ˈsā-kən\ for·sak·ing

Full Definition of FORSAKE

transitive verb
:  to renounce or turn away from entirely <friends have forsaken her> <forsook the theater for politics>

Examples of FORSAKE

  1. <forsaking most of our possessions, we evacuated just before the hurricane struck>

Origin of FORSAKE

Middle English, from Old English forsacan, from for- + sacan to dispute; akin to Old English sacu action at law — more at sake
First Known Use: before 12th century

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