An example of forsake is when you leave your spouse.
- to give up; renounce (a habit, idea, etc.)
- to leave; abandon
Origin of forsakeMiddle English forsaken ; from Old English forsacan, to oppose, forsake ; from for-, for- + sacan, to contend, strive ; from sacu: see sake
transitive verbfor·sook , for·sak·en , for·sak·ing, for·sakes
- To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce: forsook liquor.
- To leave altogether; abandon: forsook Hollywood and returned to the legitimate stage.
Origin of forsakeMiddle English forsaken, from Old English forsacan; see sag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present forsakes, present participle forsaking, simple past forsook, past participle forsaken)
From Middle English forsaken (“to reject, deny”), from Old English forsacan (“to dispute, quarrel, refuse, oppose”), from Proto-Germanic *farsakaną (“to renounce”), equivalent to for- + sake. Akin to Dutch verzaken, Middle High German versachen (“to deny”), Danish forsage (“to give up”), Norwegian forsake (“to give up, renounce”), Swedish försaka (“to give up, to be without”), Gothic (sakan, “to rebuke, quarrel”).