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forsook

[fawr-soo k]
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verb
  1. a simple past tense of forsake.

forsake

[fawr-seyk]
verb (used with object), for·sook, for·sak·en, for·sak·ing.
  1. to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.
  2. to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.).

Origin of forsake

before 900; Middle English forsaken to deny, reject, Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- for- + sacan to dispute
Related formsfor·sak·er, nounun·for·sak·ing, adjective

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2. forswear, relinquish, forgo.

Synonym study

1. See desert2.
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Examples from the Web for forsook

Historical Examples

  • And he obeyed her, forsook his unfinished tea and hurried away to the chapel.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I forsook the fountain of living water when I left off prayer.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon

    Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

  • In 1773 he came to America, forsook the sea and settled in Virginia.

  • We forsook all trade with the white men, and forgot their tongue.

  • You forsook him when his sight was failing; you made his life very desolate.

    Romola

    George Eliot


British Dictionary definitions for forsook

forsook

verb
  1. the past tense of forsake

forsake

verb -sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk) or -saken (-ˈseɪkən) (tr)
  1. to abandon
  2. to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Derived Formsforsaker, noun

Word Origin

Old English forsacan
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Word Origin and History for forsook

past tense of forsake.

forsake

v.

Old English forsacan "object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake). Related: Forsaking.

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