forsake

verb for·sake \ fər-ˈsāk , fȯr- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of forsake

forsook play \fər-ˈsu̇k, fȯr-\; forsaken play \fər-ˈsā-kən, fȯr-\; forsaking
transitive verb
: to renounce or turn away from entirely
  • friends have forsaken her
  • forsook the theater for politics

Examples of forsake in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of forsake

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

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 English Language Learners

forsake

verb

Definition of forsake for English Language Learners

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


FORSAKE Defined for Kids

forsake

verb for·sake \ fər-ˈsāk \

Definition of forsake for Students

forsook \-ˈsu̇k\; forsaken \-ˈsā-kən\; forsaking
: to give up or leave entirely
  • Don't forsake your friends.


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