UK [fə(r)ˈseɪk] / US [fərˈseɪk] verb [transitive]
Word forms "forsake":
present tense I/you/we/they forsake he/she/it forsakes present participle forsaking past tense forsook UK [fə(r)ˈsʊk] / US [fərˈsʊk] past participle forsaken UK [fə(r)ˈseɪkən] / US [fərˈseɪkən]
1) literary to leave someone, or to stop helping or looking after them, when they still need you

Forsaken by her friends, she sank deeper into depression.

2) formal to stop doing, using, or having something

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Forsake — For*sake , v. t. [imp. {Forsook}; p. p. {Forsaken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Forsaking}.] [AS. forsacan to oppose, refuse; for + sacan to contend, strive; akin to Goth. sakan. See {For }, and {Sake}.] 1. To quit or leave entirely; to desert; to abandon;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forsake — [fôr sāk′, fərsāk′] vt. forsook, forsaken, forsaking [ME forsaken < OE forsacan, to oppose, forsake < for , FOR + sacan, to contend, strive < sacu: see SAKE1] 1. to give up; renounce (a habit, idea, etc.) 2. to leave; abandon SYN …   English World dictionary

  • forsake — index abandon (physically leave), abandon (relinquish), abandon (withdraw), avoid (evade), default, defect …   Law dictionary

  • forsake — (v.) O.E. forsacan object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny, from for completely + sacan to deny, refuse (see SAKE (Cf. sake)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • forsake — desert, *abandon Analogous words: repudiate, spurn, reject (see DECLINE): *abdicate, renounce, resign: quit, leave (see GO) Antonyms: return to: revert to …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forsake — meaning ‘to give up, go without’, is spelt for not fore , and has inflected forms forsook, forsaken. See for and fore …   Modern English usage

  • forsake — [v] abandon, turn one’s back on abdicate, cast off, change one’s tune*, desert, disclaim, disown, drift away*, forgo, forswear, give up, have done with, jettison, jilt, kiss goodbye*, leave, leave flat*, leave high and dry*, quit, relinquish,… …   New thesaurus

  • forsake — ► VERB (past forsook; past part. forsaken) chiefly literary 1) abandon. 2) renounce or give up. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • forsake — [[t]fə(r)s ʊk[/t]] forsaken 1) VERB (disapproval) If you forsake someone, you leave them when you should have stayed, or stop you helping them or looking after them. [LITERARY] [V n] I still love him and I would never forsake him. [V n]… …   English dictionary

  • forsake — verb past tense forsook past participle forsaken noun (T) literary 1 to leave someone, especially when you should stay because they need you: God will never forsake you. 2 to stop doing or leave something that you have or enjoy: We had to forsake …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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