• IPA: /fɔɹˈseɪk/

forsake (forsakes, present participle forsaking; past forsook, past participle forsaken)

  1. To abandon#Verb|abandon, to give up, to leave#Verb|leave (permanently), to renounce.
    • 1726, N[athan] Bailey, “To ABANDON ↗”, in An Universal Etymological English Dictionary: […], 3rd edition, London: Printed for J. Darby, […], OCLC 863527253 ↗:
      To ABANDON [...] to forſake utterly, to caſt off; to give up ones ſelf wholly to any prevailing Paſſion or Vice.
    • 1911: Ameen Rihani, The Book of Khalid, p.39
      There may be nothing noble in renouncing one's country, in abandoning one's home, in forsaking one's people; but is there not something remarkable in this great move one makes.
    • 1998, "Damien (South Park)", season 1, episode 10 of South Park
      Stan: You've got to fight, Jesus.
      Jesus: Why, what's the point? No one believes in me. Everyone put their money on Satan. My father forsaked[sic] me, the town forsaked[sic] me. I'm completely forsook[sic].

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