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Forsake (impf. forsook, partic. forsook and forsaken): 1) to refuse: “thou hast power to choose, and they none to f.” All's II, 3, 62. “if you f. the offer of their love,” H6A IV, 2, 14. “were your godheads to borrow of men, men would f. the gods,” Tim. III, 6, 84. “hath she forsook so many noble matches,” Oth. IV, 2, 125. Abs.: “till my soul f., shall cry for blessings on him,” H8 II, 1, 89 (Germ. versagen.).
2) to leave, to quit: “the shadow had forsook them,” Ven. 176. “the breeder . . . doth f. him,” Ven. 176 “leviathans f. unsounded deeps to dance on sands,” Gentl. III, 2, 81. “forsook his scene and entered in a brake,” Mids. III, 2, 15. “I must f. the court,” Wint. I, 2, 362. John I, 148. R2 II, 3, 26. H6A I, 2, 40. V, 5, 32. H6B IV, 4, 50. R3 II, 1, 85. H8 I, 4, 104. II, 1, 132. Tim. III, 4, 72. Oth. V, 2, 330. Ant. II, 7, 43.
3) to desert, to fall off from, to be faithless to: Sonn. 89, 1, 133, 7. Gentl. IV, 4, 151. Ado II, 1, 226. John V, 7, 35. H6A IV, 1, 59. V, 3, 24. H6B IV, 2, 132. IV, 8, 10. H6C III, 1, 54. IV, 7, 85. V, 2, 25. R3 I, 3, 135. II, 1, 109. Cor. IV, 5, 82. Rom. II, 3, 67. Lr. I, 1, 254. Reflectively: Ven. 161. Lucr. 157. Sonn. 12, 11. All's IV, 2, 39.
4) to reject, to renounce: “"it cannot be" she in that sense forsook, and turned it thus,” Lucr. 1538. “and bid you f. your liberty,” Err. IV, 3, 20.
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