Definition of forsake in English:
verb (past forsook /-ˈsʊk/; past participle forsaken /-ˈseɪk(ə)n/)[with object] chiefly literary
- 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?
- 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.
sake from (Old English):
Old English sacu ‘contention, crime’ is from a Germanic source, from a base meaning ‘affair, legal action, thing’. The phrase for the sake of was not in Old English and may be from Old Norse. It was originally a legal expression. Sake remains hidden in the language in the words forsake (Old English), which originally meant ‘renounce, refuse’; keepsake (late 18th century) something kept for the sake of the giver; and namesake (mid 17th century) which may be a shortening of ‘for one's name sake’. The Japanese rice wine sake, pronounced with two syllables, is simply the Japanese word for ‘alcohol’. See also seize
- 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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