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[fawr-soo k]
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  1. a simple past tense of forsake.
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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.).
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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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1. See desert2.
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Related Words for forsook

relinquish, quit, spurn, renounce, repudiate, forgo, forswear, disown, jettison, disclaim, abdicate, jilt, yield, leave, resign, surrender, desert

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Historical Examples of forsook

  • 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.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for forsook


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

Word Origin for forsake

Old English forsacan
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Word Origin and History for forsook

past tense of forsake.

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

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