forsake

[ fawr-seyk ]
/ fɔrˈseɪk /

verb (used with object), for·sook, for·sak·en, for·sak·ing.

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

before 900; Middle English forsaken to deny, reject, Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- for- + sacan to dispute

Related forms

for·sak·er, nounun·for·sak·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See desert2.
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forsake

/ (fəˈseɪk) /

verb -sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk) or -saken (-ˈseɪkən) (tr)

to abandon
to give up (something valued or enjoyed)

Derived Forms

forsaker, noun

Word Origin for forsake

Old English forsacan
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