abandon, desert, forsake mean to leave without intending to return. abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection.
abandoned childrendesert 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 WebWhile there are ways and room to improve, Kleiman does not want to forsake short-term success for long-term goals.
Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 The Ravens boast the NFL’s best defense against the run, which could cause McVay to forsake balance and focus on exploiting what is the league’s worst defense against the pass.
Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The willingness to forsake partisanship in the pursuit of moral truth: Here is a partial remedy for the political and cultural rifts that seem to threaten our democratic republic.
Joseph Loconte, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 The irony is that only a few short years ago it was considered a joke that the average working class American could forsake their job and reinvent themselves as a tech professional.
Jack Kelly, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Republicans make no commitments beyond a promise that people can keep their guns and forsake vaccine mandates.
Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 Micah and Steffi had met playing soccer, and Harden teased them that Hadley might forsake the pitch for musical theatre.
Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Ukraine’s hands are tied and it is thus forced to forsake its desire to identify with the West and succumb to Russia’s influence.
Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 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
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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