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forsake

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Pronunciation: /fəˈseɪk
 
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Definition of forsake in English:

verb (past forsook /-ˈsʊk/; past participle forsaken /-ˈseɪk(ə)n/)

[with object] chiefly literary
1Abandon or leave: 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?
Synonyms
abandon, desert, leave, quit, depart from, leave behind, leave high and dry, turn one's back on, cast aside, give up, reject, disown;
break (up) with, jilt, strand, leave stranded, leave flat, leave in the lurch, throw over, cast aside/off, betray
British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off
North American informal give someone the air
informal dropped, dumped, ditched
desolate, bleak, godforsaken, remote, isolated, sequestered, lonely, solitary, deserted, derelict, dreary, forlorn, uninviting, cheerless, depressing, sad
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.
Synonyms
withdraw, drop, do away with, jettison;
betray, renege on
informal ditch, scrap, scrub, axe, junk

Origin

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

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  • 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

Derivatives

forsaker

1
noun
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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