Forsake Definition

fôr-sāk, fər-
forsaken, forsakes, forsaking, forsook
forsaken, forsakes, forsaking, forsook
To give up; renounce (a habit, idea, etc.)
Webster's New World
To leave; abandon.
Webster's New World

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


Origin of Forsake

  • 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

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

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

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