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forsake

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verb for·sake \fər-ˈsāk, fȯr-\

Simple Definition of forsake

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

Full Definition of forsake

for·sook play \-ˈsu̇k\ for·sak·en play \-ˈsā-kən\ for·sak·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Synonym Discussion of forsake

abandon, desert, forsake mean to leave without intending to return. abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection <abandoned children>. desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence <a deserted town>. forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers <a forsaken lover>.

FORSAKE Defined for Kids

forsake

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verb for·sake \fər-ˈsāk\

Definition of forsake

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

  1. :  to give up or leave entirely <Don't forsake your friends.>





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