for·​sake | \ fər-ˈsāk How to pronounce forsake (audio) , fȯr- \
forsook\ fər-​ˈsu̇k How to pronounce forsake (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forsaken\ fər-​ˈsā-​kən How to pronounce forsake (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forsaking

Definition of forsake

transitive verb

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

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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

Examples of forsake in a Sentence

forsaking most of our possessions, we evacuated just before the hurricane struck
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike her husband Allen, who is willing to forsake his brothers to lead a more modern life in line with Brenda's upbringing, she's unabashedly attracted to his family name. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 29 Apr. 2022 Like other immigrant groups that forsake tenements for suburbs, Greeks visit the old neighborhood propelled by an unquenchable taste for its old-country customs. Ron Grossman,, 1 Apr. 2022 But many of these films appear to be biased, lacking in nuance or based on shaky science, encouraging viewers to make radical changes to their diets — like give up sugar, go keto or forsake animal products — in order to achieve true health. New York Times, 27 Jan. 2022 When travel opportunities and open venues were lacking during the first wave of COVID-19, Diamond didn’t forsake his music. Christopher Arnott,, 17 Jan. 2022 While there are ways and room to improve, Kleiman does not want to forsake short-term success for long-term goals. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 The Ravens boast the NFL’s best defense against the run, which could cause McVay to forsake balance and focus on exploiting what is the league’s worst defense against the pass. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The willingness to forsake partisanship in the pursuit of moral truth: Here is a partial remedy for the political and cultural rifts that seem to threaten our democratic republic. Joseph Loconte, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 The irony is that only a few short years ago it was considered a joke that the average working class American could forsake their job and reinvent themselves as a tech professional. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of forsake

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forsake

Middle English, from Old English forsacan, from for- + sacan to dispute; akin to Old English sacu action at law — more at sake

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5 May 2022

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“Forsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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for·​sake | \ fər-ˈsāk How to pronounce forsake (audio) \
forsook\ -​ˈsu̇k \; forsaken\ -​ˈsā-​kən \; forsaking

Kids Definition of forsake

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

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