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 But like Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama before him, Trump's hope of persuading the communist regime to forsake its nuclear ambitions failed. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Rethinking North Korea: How bad would it be to let Kim Jong Un keep his nuclear weapons?," 19 Nov. 2020 Society is a siren, forever tempting us to forsake our tasks and seek the smaller goods of reputation and status. Corey Robin, The New Yorker, "The Professor and the Politician," 12 Nov. 2020 At times the 49ers have seemed to forsake their legacy of winning and entertainment, leaving their fans frustrated and faithless. Ann Killion,, "For 49ers fans, earning the label of ‘faithful’ isn’t easy," 16 Oct. 2020 And when the industry's move upmarket tempted Subaru to forsake its tenet of affordability, attendance fell off sharply. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1988 Subaru XT6 Tests Upmarket Ambitions for Subaru," 11 Sep. 2020 Sikorsky-Boeing and Bell responded by offering clean sheet designs that forsake the traditional main rotor and tail rotor configuration used by most vertical lift aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New SB-1 Defiant Helicopter Hits 238 MPH Speed Milestone," 17 June 2020 Except for now, when the system will forsake the Ball States of the world. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Big Ten cancels nonconference games to save itself, signaling beginning of the end of 2020 season," 9 July 2020 In late January 2019, President Trump was furious with his director of national intelligence for publicly contradicting him about the prospect of convincing North Korea to forsake its arsenal of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Trump’s North Korea gambit flounders," 18 June 2020 Though Tim does eventually learn to appreciate and even love Missy, forsaking his ex for Missy and later begging Missy to take him back, that doesn’t really make up for the awful things the movie does along the way. Kelsea Stahler,, "Why Is Everyone Watching This Confusing New David Spade Movie On Netflix?," 17 May 2020

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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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“Forsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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