• WordNet 3.6
    • v forsake leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch "The mother deserted her children"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forsake 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. "If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments."
    • Forsake To renounce; to reject; to refuse. "If you forsake the offer of their love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forsake To give up; renounce; reject.
    • forsake To refuse (a request); deny (a statement).
    • forsake To quit or leave entirely; desert; abandon; depart or withdraw from: as, friends and flatterers forsake us in adversity; fortune forsook him.
    • forsake Synonyms Forsake, Desert, Abandon, Relinquish, Quit. These all express the idea of giving up or leaving. The first three are strong expressions, ordinarily conveying the idea of loss to that which is left; the fourth, on the other hand, suggests loss to him who relinquishes. Forsake is chiefly applied to leaving that by which natural affection or a sense of duty should or might have led us to remain: as, to forsake one's home, friends, country, or cause; a bird forsakes its nest. In the passive it often means left desolate, forlorn. Forsake may be used in a good sense: as, the color forsook her cheeks; even hope forsook him. Desert may be synonymous with forsake, but in the active voice it usually implies a greater degree of culpability, and often the infringement of a legal obligation: as, to desert one's family, regiment, ship, colors, post. Such was the original use of the word. Abandon most fully expresses complete and final severance of connection: as, to abandon a ship or a hopeless undertaking; to abandon hope or property. Sometimes, but not so often as desert or forsake, it implies the dropping of all care or concern for an object: as, to abandon one's offspring Relinquish is not used with a personal object: as, to relinquish a claim, land, effort. (See lists under relinquish and abandon.) To quit is to leave finally or hastily, or both.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forsake for-sāk′ to desert: to abandon
    • pr.p Forsake forsāk′ing; pa.t. forsook′; pa.p. forsāk′en
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  • Tholuck
    “There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.”
  • Deuteronomy
    “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid... for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Forsake not God till you find a better master.”
  • Gutzkow
    “There must be hearts which know the depths of our being, and swear by us, even when the whole world forsakes us.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. forsacan, to oppose, refuse; for-, + sacan, to contend, strive; akin to Goth. sakan,. See For-, and Sake


In literature:

A feeling of despair crept over the stalwart youth when the old familiar sensation of bodily strength began to forsake him.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
They may kill me if they like, but I will never forsake my mother.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
She could not for a long time, see her way to forsake her people.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
All these had married native women of Otaheite, who agreed to forsake home and kindred and follow the fortunes of their white husbands.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Why, we're going to forsake Greenland altogether and never go back to it any more.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Besides, mother, have you not often told me that God will never forsake His own children?
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
They may forsake themselves; but they should not be forsaken.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
To forsake the straight heauenly way: and to wallow in the broad way of damnation?
"The Mathematicall Praeface to Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara" by John Dee
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
Then, too, she fears this, that you may forsake her.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence

In poetry:

They ne'er shall wake thee,
Lilly Lane,
All things forsake thee,
Lilly Lane.
"Lilly Lane" by James Avis Bartley
When any turn from Zion's way,
(Alas! what numbers do!)
Methinks I hear my Saviour say,
Wilt thou forsake me too?
"Will Ye Also Go Away?" by John Newton
The sinner, sleeping in his grave,
Shall at my voice awake;
And when I once begin to save,
My work I ne'er forsake.
"The Resurrection And The Life" by John Newton
What shall I your true-love tell,
Earth-forsaking maid?
What shall I your true-love tell,
When life's spectre's laid?
"Messages" by Francis Thompson
Henceforth I take thee for my own,
And give myself to thee;
Forsake the idols thou hast known,
And yield thyself to me.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton
My shatter'd life will then be sweet,
My spirit shall rejoice,
And weariness forsake my frame,
At thy dear, loving voice.
"Farewell" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Shireen forgoes the edgy humor of her Good Little Wolf to tell a playful rags-to-riches story of a spotlight-hogging dog who forsakes friendship for fame.
Maybe the way for the Padres to get maximum mileage out of Jake Peavy is to persuade him to forsake some strikeouts in favor of ground balls.
Faced with a terrible economy, are the young forsaking Obama.
A whole bunch of naked guys forsake the Sabbath in the irreverent comedy 'The Ten'.
In Speech, Obama Will Forsake 'Gauzy and Grandiose' for Specificity .
Twangbusters, Dom, In Tangiers , Do Not Forsake Me, and the Sneaky Mister.
College students are known for a lot of behaviors--partying, forsaking sleep, studying (just kidding)—fiscal responsibility not usually chief among them.
I woke up thinking about "Do not forsake me oh my darling," the opening lyrics to "High Noon," a classic Western matching good versus its opposite in a shootout that would define frontier justice.
Forsaking TV for Online Games and Wanton Web Sites.
Prominent conservatives again hit the airwaves Friday to decry the Obama administration for forsaking valuable intelligence by prosecuting terrorism suspects.
Twangbusters, Dom , In Tangiers, Do Not Forsake Me, and the Sneaky Mister.
Irish running back weighing pros and cons of forsaking final season of eligibility for NFL.
Lindsay Lohan Forsakes Legal Troubles in L.A. For New York Where She's Arrested.
As food companies scramble to find enough organically grown ingredients, they are inevitably forsaking the pastoral ethos that has defined the organic lifestyle.
When Raj Mukherji was sworn-in as Jersey City's deputy mayor in March, the 27-year-old lobbyist took pains to say he was accepting only a $1 annual salary and forsaking a city car, The Jersey Journal reports.

In science:

Then emerges the idea that forsaking this hypothesis, i.e. constructing models where inhomogeneities and/or anisotropies are present (an interesting pursuit in its own right), it is possible to make predictions that fit the observations without modifying gravity or introducing dark energy.
Backreaction and the Covariant Formalism of General Relativity
While similar signature schemes can be constructed under many different cryptographic assumptions in the literature, we forsake such generality to keep the discussion from getting too cumbersome.
Inverse problems in approximate uniform generation
While our hardness results can be derived from slightly more general MACs than those we specify below, we forsake some generality for the sake of clarity.
Inverse problems in approximate uniform generation