forsake

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forsaken (to reject, deny), from Old English forsacan (to dispute, quarrel, refuse, oppose), from Proto-Germanic *frasakaną (to renounce), equivalent to for- +‎ sake. Akin to Dutch verzaken, Middle High German versachen (to deny), Danish forsage (to give up), Norwegian forsake (to give up, renounce), Swedish försaka (to give up, to be without), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌰𐌽 (sakan, to rebuke, quarrel).[1]

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Verb[edit]

forsake (third-person singular simple present forsakes, present participle forsaking, simple past forsook, past participle forsaken)

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

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References[edit]

  • forsake in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • Notes:
  1. ^ forsake in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frasakaną. Compare Danish forsage, Swedish försaka, English forsake, Dutch verzaken.

Verb[edit]

forsake (imperative forsak, present tense forsaker, simple past and past participle forsaka or forsaket, present participle forsakende)

  1. to give up, relinquish
  2. to denounce (the devil)

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