forsake

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 forsake — 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] …

    English dictionary

  • 12 forsake — /fəˈseɪk / (say fuh sayk) verb (t) (forsook, forsaken, forsaking) 1. to desert or abandon: forsake one s friends. 2. to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.). {Middle English forsake(n), Old English forsacan deny, give up, from for for …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 forsake — for|sake [fəˈseık US fər ] v past tense forsook [ ˈsuk] past participle forsaken [ ˈseıkən] [T] formal [: Old English; Origin: forsacan] 1.) to leave someone, especially when you should stay because they need you = ↑abandon ▪ children forsaken by …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 forsake — verb, literary 1) he forsook his wife Syn: abandon, desert, leave, leave high and dry, turn one s back on, cast aside, break (up) with; jilt, strand, leave stranded, leave in the lurch, throw over; informal walk out on, run out on …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 forsake — for•sake [[t]fɔrˈseɪk[/t]] v. t. sook, sak•en, sak•ing 1) to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: to forsake one s family[/ex] 2) to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.); forgo • Etymology: bef. 900; ME: to deny, reject, OE… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 forsake — transitive verb (forsook; forsaken; forsaking) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English forsacan, from for + sacan to dispute; akin to Old English sacu action at law more at sake Date: before 12th century to renounce or turn away from entirely …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 forsake — forsaker, n. /fawr sayk /, v.t., forsook, forsaken, forsaking. 1. to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific. 2. to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.). [bef. 900; ME… …

    Universalium

  • 18 forsake — verb /foɻˈseɪk/ To abandon, to give up, to leave (permanently), to renounce …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 forsake — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abdicate, back out, be unfaithful, beg off, break faith, cast off, chuck, cry off, deny, depart, depart from, desert, discard, drop out, evacuate, fail, flee, forgo, forswear, give up, go back on, have done… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 forsake — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. desert, abandon; renounce, quit, forswear. See relinquishment. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To abandon] Syn. desert, leave, quit; see abandon 2 . 2. [To relinquish] Syn. renounce, give up, surrender; see …

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