[ fawr-seyk ]
See synonyms for: forsakeforsakenforsakingforsook on

verb (used with object),for·sook [fawr-sook], /fɔrˈsʊk/, 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

First recorded before 900; Middle English forsaken “to deny, reject,” Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- prefix meaning “away, off” + sacan “to dispute”; see for-

synonym study For forsake

1. See desert2.

Other words for forsake

Other words from forsake

  • for·sak·er, noun
  • un·for·sak·ing, adjective

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How to use forsake in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forsake


/ (fəˈseɪk) /

verb-sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk) or -saken (-ˈseɪkən) (tr)
  1. to abandon

  2. to give up (something valued or enjoyed)

Origin of forsake

Old English forsacan

Derived forms of forsake

  • forsaker, noun

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