forsake

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English forsaken (to reject, deny), from Old English forsacan (to dispute, quarrel, refuse, oppose), from Proto-Germanic *farsakaną (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]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

VerbEdit

forsake (present tense forsaker; past tense and past participle forsaka or forsaket)

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

Derived termsEdit

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