From Middle English fortaken, equivalent to for- + take. Cognate with Norwegian dialectal fortaka (“to assail, assault”), Swedish förta (“to deprive, take away, deaden”).
fortake (third-person singular simple present fortakes, present participle fortaking, simple past fortook, past participle fortaken)
- (transitive) To take away; remove; deprive.
1861, Thomas Oswald Cockayne, Spoon and sparrow:
- Be ye not willing to hoard to you gold hoards on earth, where rust and moth fortake it, and where thieves delve it and forsteal, [...]
- 1866, Couldrette, Walter William Skeat, The romans of Partenay, or of Lusignen:
- With thys fair lady ther fortake ueryly, [...]
1898, Stopford Augustus Brooke, English literature: from the beginning to the Norman conquest:
- In a slaughter wide they fell, woeful days of Bale came on; Famine-death fortook fortitude from men!
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To mistake; make a mistake.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To aim or deal a blow at; hit.