"Sake" means "for the purpose of," e.g. "the couple moved to the coast for the sake of her health".

Forsake means "abandon (someone or something)", for example - "he would never forsake Tara."

When considering the meaning of "sake", why does "forsake" have such a different meaning?

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'Sake' can also mean 'benefit', for instance, "for goodness sake," or "Do it for his sake." The prefix for- changes the meaning to 'not benefit' (forgo, forget)


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