Forsake meaning

fôr-sāk, fər-
To leave altogether; abandon.

Forsook Hollywood and returned to the legitimate stage.

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To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce.

Forsook liquor.

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To give up; renounce (a habit, idea, etc.)
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To leave; abandon.
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The definition of forsake is to abandon or to give up something.

An example of forsake is when you leave your spouse.

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To abandon, to give up, to leave (permanently), to renounce.
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Origin of forsake

  • Middle English forsaken from Old English forsacan sāg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary