[ fawr-sey-kuh n ]
/ fɔrˈseɪ kən /


past participle of forsake.


deserted; abandoned; forlorn: an old, forsaken farmhouse.
Related formsfor·sak·en·ly, adverbfor·sak·en·ness, nounself-for·sak·en, adjectiveun·for·sak·en, adjective

Definition for forsaken (2 of 2)


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

Synonym study

1. See desert2. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for forsaken (1 of 2)


/ (fəˈseɪkən) /


the past participle of forsake


completely deserted or helpless; abandoned
Derived Formsforsakenly, adverbforsakenness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for forsaken (2 of 2)


/ (fəˈseɪk) /

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

to abandon
to give up (something valued or enjoyed)

Derived Formsforsaker, noun

Word Origin for forsake

Old English forsacan
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