From Middle English forleten (“forsake, reject, renounce, omit, lose, forgive”), from Old English forlǣtan (“to abandon, forsake, reject, renounce, omit, lose, forgive”), from Proto-Germanic *farlētaną (“to leave, dismiss”), equivalent to for- + let. Cognate with Scots forleet (“to forsake, abandon”), West Frisian forlitte (“to forlet”), Dutch verlaten (“to desert”), German verlassen (“to leave”), Swedish förlåta (“to excuse, forgive, remit”).
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To abandon; give up; leave; leave behind; forsake; desert; neglect. [10th-17th c.]
- to forlet your sins
- (transitive, UK dialectal, Scotland) To forget.