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 West Frisian fersaakje, Dutch verzaken (“to renounce; forsake”), 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”).
- To abandon, to give up, to leave (permanently), to renounce.
- 1911: Ameen Rihani, The Book of Khalid, p.39
- There may be nothing noble in renouncing one's country, in abandoning one's home, in forsaking one's people; but is there not something remarkable in this great move one makes.
- 1998, "Damien", season 1, episode 10 of South Park
- forsake in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “forsake” in The Bokmål Dictionary.