verb (past forsook /-ˈsʊk/; past participle forsaken /-ˈseɪk(ə)n/)[with object] chiefly • literary
- 1Abandon or leave: he would never forsake TaraMore example sentences
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, betrayBritish • informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin offNorth American • informal give someone the airabandoned, deserted, jilted, stranded, discarded, shunned, renounced, betrayed, rejected, disowneddesolate, bleak, godforsaken, remote, isolated, sequestered, lonely, solitary, deserted, derelict, dreary, forlorn, uninviting, cheerless, depressing, sad
- 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?
- 1.1Renounce or give up (something valued or pleasant): I won’t forsake my vegetarian principlesMore example sentences
renounce, give up, relinquish, dispense with, forgo, desist from, forswear, disclaim, disown, disavow, discard, set aside, wash one's hands of, turn one's back on, repudiate, have done with; withdraw, drop, do away with, jettison; betray, renege on
- 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.