forsake

To forsake another person is to leave them entirely, usually in a moment of need.

Forsake may mean simply giving something up, such as a way of life or a homeland, for something better or more appropriate. But it is often a mean word, suggesting leaving something or someone behind when they need you to stay. One way to remember the meaning of this verb — to abandon or desert — is to remember this little sentence: "For heaven's sake, don't leave me, or heaven is lost!" Lose the heaven, and you have forsake.

Definitions of forsake
  1. verb
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
    synonyms: abandon, desert, desolate
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    expose
    abandon by leaving out in the open air
    walk out
    leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
    ditch
    forsake
    maroon, strand
    leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue
    type of:
    leave
    go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
  2. verb
    turn away from; give up
    synonyms: foreswear, quit, relinquish, renounce
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    types:
    disclaim
    renounce a legal claim or title to
    type of:
    abandon, give up
    give up with the intent of never claiming again
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