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Syllabification: for·sake
Pronunciation: /fərˈsāk

Definition of forsake in English:

verb (past forsook /-ˈso͝ok/; past participle forsaken /-ˈsākən/)

[with object] chiefly literary
1Abandon (someone or something): he would never forsake Tara
More example sentences
  • But at some point in life, you must abandon books, forsake the forewarning words of others, and find out for yourself.
  • Will the one who brought them into the land abandon and forsake them now?
  • If back in '64 the system seemed to have abandoned and forsaken people, what of now?
abandon, desert, leave, leave high and dry, turn one's back on, cast aside, break (up) with;
jilt, strand, leave stranded, leave in the lurch, throw over
informal walk out on, run out on, dump, ditch, can
1.1Renounce or give up (something valued or pleasant): I won’t forsake my vegetarian principles
More example sentences
  • The track counsels people to guard against forsaking their traditional values for foreign ones.
  • But their hi-tech approach doesn't forsake the old values.
  • She forsook her suitors and renounced the comforts of her family home.
renounce, abandon, relinquish, dispense with, disclaim, disown, disavow, discard, wash one's hands of;
give up, drop, jettison, do away with, ax
informal ditch, scrap, scrub, junk
formal forswear


Old English forsacan 'renounce, refuse'; related to Dutch verzaken, and ultimately to for- and sake1.



Example sentences
  • Not until the forsaker has become the forsaken will there be any forward movement or actions taken responsibility for.

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