forsaken

[ fawr-sey-kuh n ]
/ fɔrˈseɪ kən /

verb

past participle of forsake.

adjective

deserted; abandoned; forlorn: an old, forsaken farmhouse.

Nearby words

  1. forrestal,
  2. forrestal, james vincent,
  3. forrester,
  4. forrestier's disease,
  5. forsake,
  6. forsakenly,
  7. forseti,
  8. forsook,
  9. forsooth,
  10. forspeak

Related formsfor·sak·en·ly, adverbfor·sak·en·ness, nounself-for·sak·en, adjectiveun·for·sak·en, adjective

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

Synonym study

1. See desert2.

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British Dictionary definitions for forsaken

forsaken

/ (fəˈseɪkən) /

verb

the past participle of forsake

adjective

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

forsake

/ (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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