for·​sake | \ fər-ˈsāk How to pronounce forsake (audio) , fȯr- \
forsook\ fər-​ˈsu̇k How to pronounce forsook (audio) , fȯr-​ \; forsaken\ fər-​ˈsā-​kən How to pronounce forsaken (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 Threatened with the abandonment of the Lowell Spinners and 41 other minor league teams by Major League Baseball, US Representative Lori Trahan has taken MLB to task for forsaking its duty to be a responsible steward for the game of baseball., "Major League Baseball’s motivation for the changes is to upgrade minor league facilities and realign spread-out leagues in the hopes of allowing them to raise salaries of minor league players.," 19 Nov. 2019 In 1914, both brothers succumbed to the magnetic social pull of Manhattan, forsaking their Clinton Avenue mansions in favor of apartments at 640 Park Avenue. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "The Many Lives of a Carriage House," 25 Oct. 2019 As to the devouring, think of the recent news about wealthy North Shore parents who were voluntarily forsaking the guardianship of their children so their kids could qualify for college financial aid. John Warner,, "Is meritocracy a sham? Does diversification sacrifice excellence? Two Yale profs offer views in new books.," 20 Oct. 2019 Woody Harrelson, who hosted the season opener a few weeks prior, also returned to the cold open as Vice President Joe Biden (does this mean Jason Sudeikis has forsaken the gig?). Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Porter slay with SNL cold open cameos sending up Democratic debate," 13 Oct. 2019 Rap’s current wanton generation has forsaken that foundation — especially such reprobates as T.I., who argue simplistically against West’s political conversion and his walking away from the Democratic party. Armond White, National Review, "Kanye West’s Faith Triumphs Over Political Bitterness," 30 Oct. 2019 Throughout the night, her rivals pointedly forsook Joe Biden as their main target and instead took pointed jabs at her. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "Warren’s Medicare-for-All Dodge Is Wearing Thin," 16 Oct. 2019 The annual preseason slate was forsaken this fall thanks to an extremely Only-in-China reason: Every suitable venue was already booked for celebrations around the 70th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s rise to power as chairman of the Communist Party. Alex Prewitt,, "How the NHL Is Working to Give Hockey a Grassroots Presence in China," 30 Sep. 2019 The young king, busy with new toys, forsakes Falstaff for a time, fully earning his friend’s resentment, though their eventual reconciliation will shift the course of his reign. Time, "Timothée Chalamet’s Bad-Boy Monarch in The King Isn’t For Shakespeare Purists—He’s For All of Us," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of forsake was before the 12th century

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Forsake.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of forsake

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


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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