Definition of forsake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fəˈseɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈseɪk//
    (literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forsake
    BrE BrE//fəˈseɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈseɪk//
    he / she / it forsakes
    BrE BrE//fəˈseɪks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈseɪks//
    past simple forsook
    BrE BrE//fəˈsʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈsʊk//
    past participle forsaken
    BrE BrE//fəˈseɪkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈseɪkən//
    -ing form forsaking
    BrE BrE//fəˈseɪkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fərˈseɪkɪŋ//
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  1. 1forsake somebody/something (for somebody/something) to leave somebody/something, especially when you have a responsibility to stay synonym abandon He had made it clear to his wife that he would never forsake her.
  2. 2forsake something (for somebody/something) to stop doing something, or leave something, especially something that you enjoy synonym renounce She forsook the glamour of the city and went to live in the wilds of Scotland.
  3. see also godforsaken
    Word OriginOld English forsacan ‘renounce, refuse’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch verzaken, and ultimately to for- and sake1.
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