verb for·sake \fər-ˈsāk, fr-\

: to give up or leave (someone or something) entirely

for·sook \-ˈsk\ for·sak·en \-ˈsā-kən\ for·sak·ing

Full Definition of FORSAKE

transitive verb
:  to renounce or turn away from entirely <friends have forsaken her> <forsook the theater for politics>

Origin of FORSAKE

Middle English, from Old English forsacan, from for- + sacan to dispute; akin to Old English sacu action at law — more at sake
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FORSAKE

abandon, desert, forsake mean to leave without intending to return. abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection <abandoned children>. desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence <a deserted town>. forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers <a forsaken lover>.
FORSAKE Defined for Kids


verb for·sake \fər-ˈsāk\
for·sook \-ˈsk\for·sak·en \-ˈsā-kən\for·sak·ing

Definition of FORSAKE for Kids

:  to give up or leave entirely <Don't forsake your friends.>


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