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 The brand didn’t forsake a focus on its less-famous, but no less distinctive, Octo Roma collection. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 But, for 25 summers, top singers from some of Minnesota's best choirs traditionally forsake the lake and gather between seasons to enwrap Twin Cities audiences in cooling, calming harmonies. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Think for a moment what would happen to New York City if the big banks, which bring in the vast amount of tax revenue to the city coffers, decide to forsake their real estate and allow everyone to permanently work remotely. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 23 June 2021 That means being sufficiently pro-Trump to appeal to the party faithful in rural areas, without appearing so extreme as to forsake any chance of winning over suburban moderates in Northern Virginia, and the Norfolk and Richmond areas. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Previous attempts at reconciliation with rival party Fatah, which rules the West Bank, fell flat in part because Hamas has refused to forsake its armed wing. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Wearing a weave meant there was nothing to forsake, nothing to commit. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Still, one sympathizes with translators forced to parse such a tricky word, and hesitates to forsake the beautiful inheritance of those earlier choices. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2021 Losing All-Pro center Corey Linsley in free agency probably wouldn’t have been enough to get the Packers to forsake taking a cornerback or a wide receiver at this spot. Mark Inabinett |, al, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Forsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 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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