- to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.
- to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.).
Origin of forsake
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Examples from the Web for forsake
Every hour, the anthem is played, followed by Orthodox priests intoning prayers and beseeching God not to forsake Ukraine.EuroMaidan Protesters: We Want U.S. Protection
March 4, 2014
But will he be willing to forsake his lucrative gig at Fox News to grind it out on the campaign trail?Who Does the GOP Really Have To Run Against Hillary in 2016?
January 14, 2014
Muhammad assumed this risk because he refused to forsake any opportunity for peace.Prophet Muhammad’s Rules of War
November 20, 2012
The Kremlin will have little choice but to forsake its mega-projects.Hydraulic Fracking's Putting the Screws to Vladimir and Friends
September 28, 2012
He understood that to be leisurely is to forsake possibilities, even lives.Christopher Hitchens Eulogized by Roya Hakakian
December 16, 2011
O'Mooney's presence of mind did not forsake him upon this emergency.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
O blessed Spirit, whom I forsake for these, they are not thou!Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There was no style, no state, unless she wished to forsake him.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
How could I forsake my child, feeling my vigor all the time—the blood warm within me?End of the Tether
Woe for the day when he was seduced to forsake that dear retirement!The Rector
Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
- to abandon
- to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Word Origin and History for forsake
Old English forsacan "object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake). Related: Forsaking.