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 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, "What We Can and Can’t Learn from a New Translation of the Gospels," 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, " NFL Mock Draft 3: Tide goes for record round," 28 Apr. 2021 Nobody watching Pete’s Dragon (which is the still the best of the recent Disney live-action remakes/revamps) is going to forsake a horror movie like Mama. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "How ‘Cruella’ Moves Hollywood Even Closer To Total Franchise Domination," 8 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 at this spot. Mark Inabinett |, al, " NFL mock draft: Will 2021 Alabama outdo 2020 LSU?," 8 Apr. 2021 In 1993, psychologist Marlene Winell published Leaving the Fold, a self-help book for former Christian fundamentalists deciding to forsake their religion. Stephanie Russell-kraft, The New Republic, "Can Religion Give You PTSD?," 23 Mar. 2021 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

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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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5 May 2021

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“Forsake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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