forsake

verb
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for forsake

Synonyms

abandon, desert, leave, maroon, quit, strand

Antonyms

reclaim

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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

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But her end, as with those of James Dean and Bobby Kennedy, was tragically American, a promise forsaken, a dream denied. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’," 26 July 2019 In a dynamic system firms have to forsake at least some stakeholders: a number need to shrink in order to reallocate capital and workers from obsolete industries to new ones. The Economist, "What companies are for," 22 Aug. 2019 This was the era when artists started to forsake aristocratic and institutional patronage—bucking the bias of the annual Salon while hungering for inclusion in it—in favor of support from a burgeoning middle class. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Renoir’s Problem Nudes," 19 Aug. 2019 Still, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are here to remind us that romance is not yet something to completely forsake. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne Said the Cutest Things About Her Relationship with Ashley Benson," 13 Aug. 2019 That translates to a lot of federal money that California forsakes each year. Jackie Botts, The Mercury News, "California’s struggle to get food stamps to the hungry," 19 July 2019 The Houston Rockets forward is fully content to forsake his own offense in favor of rebounding, defending multiple positions and playing with constant energy. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "The NBA’s big stars passed on USA Basketball. Here’s what the roster could look like.," 5 Aug. 2019 But her end, as with those of James Dean and Bobby Kennedy, was tragically American, a promise forsaken, a dream denied. Jeffrey Fleishman, chicagotribune.com, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’," 26 July 2019 But her end, as with those of James Dean and Bobby Kennedy, was tragically American, a promise forsaken, a dream denied. Los Angeles Times, "How Sharon Tate transfixed Hollywood, 50 years before ‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’," 25 July 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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forsake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forsake

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

forsake

verb
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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