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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abandon, forsake, desolate, desertverb

    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

    "The mother deserted her children"


  1. forsakeverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FORSAKEverb

    preter. forsook; part. pass. forsook, or forsaken.

    Etymology: versaeken, Dutch.

    ’Twas now the time when first Saul God forsook,
    God Saul; the room in’s heart wild passions took. Abraham Cowley.

    Orestes comes in time
    To save your honour: Pyrrhus cools apace;
    Prevent his falshood, and forsake him first:
    I know you hate him. Ambrose Philips, Distrest Mother.

    Daughter of Jove! whose arms in thunder wield
    Th’ avenging bolt, and shake the dreadful shield,
    Forsook by thee, in vain I sought thy aid. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Unwilling I forsook your friendly state,
    Commanded by the gods, and forc’d by fate. John Dryden, Æn.

    Truth, modesty, and shame the world forsook;
    Fraud, avarice, and force their places took. John Dryden, Ovid.

    When ev’n the flying sails were seen no more,
    Forsaken of all sight she left the shore. Dryden.

    Their purple majesty,
    And all those outward shows which we call greatness,
    Languish and droop, seem empty and forsaken,
    And draw the wond’ring gazers eyes no more. Nicholas Rowe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forsakeverb

    to quit or leave entirely; to desert; to abandon; to depart or withdraw from; to leave; as, false friends and flatterers forsake us in adversity

  2. Forsakeverb

    to renounce; to reject; to refuse

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forsake

    for-sāk′, v.t. to desert: to abandon:—pr.p. forsāk′ing; pa.t. forsook′; pa.p. forsāk′en.adj. Forsāk′en.—adv. Forsāk′enly.—ns. Forsāk′enness; Forsāk′ing, abandonment. [A.S. forsacanfor-, away, sacan, to strive.]


  1. Forsake

    We got tired of wet, ruined sneakers. So we built our own. It’s like your hiking boots and dancing shoes had a love child. In stores and online August 1st.www.forsake.co @forsakeco facebook.com/forsakeco

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forsake in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forsake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of forsake in a Sentence

  1. New Testament:

    Forsake not an old friend for the new is not comparable to him a new friend is as new wine when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

  2. John Ray:

    Though thou has never so many counselors, yet do not forsake the counsel of your soul.

  3. Bhartrihari:

    The good man shuns evil and follows good; he keeps secret that which ought to be hidden; he makes his virtues manifest to all; he does not forsake one in adversity; he gives in season: such are the marks of a worthy friend.

  4. David Rehr:

    The reality has always been that these PACs related to business interest groups will never forsake their economic interests for any other higher virtue.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    The little dictator who went to Moscow in his green fatigues to receive a bear hug did not forsake the doctrine of Lenin when he returned to the West and appeared in a two-piece suit. (On Daniel Ortega Saavedra)

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. doom
    • B. aggravate
    • C. conform
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