- From Middle English forleten ("forsake, reject, renounce, omit, lose, forgive"), from Old English forlǣtan ("to abandon, forsake, reject, renounce, omit, lose, forgive"), from Proto-Germanic *farlētanan (“to leave, dismiss”), equivalent to for- + let. Cognate with Scots forleet ("to forsake, abandon"), West Frisian forlitte ("to forlet"), Dutch verlaten ("to desert"), German verlassen ("to leave"), Swedish förlåta ("to excuse, forgive, remit"). (Wiktionary)
“When this was couth [known] to the other ships where the king was, how the others fared, then was it as though it were all redeless, and the king fared him home, and the ealdormen, and the high witan, and forlet the ships thus lightly.”
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