Abandon, Desert and Forsake all mean to give up completely.
What’s the difference?
Abandon can suggest complete disinterest in the future of what is given up.
- Her natural mother had abandoned her at an early age.
Desert implies a relationship (as of occupancy or guardianship). And it also suggests desolation or culpability.
- He deserted his wife and family for another woman.
- The villages had been deserted.
- Soldiers who deserted and were caught were shot.
Forsake implies a breaking of a close association by repudiation or renunciation.
- He decided to forsake politics for journalism.