- a fine; penalty.
- an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
- something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
- an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
- forfeits, (used with a singular verb) a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
- to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
- to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
- lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.
Origin of forfeit
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Examples from the Web for forfeit
To risk eye contact with any of the above is to forfeit all singles in your wallet.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
August 8, 2014
Last September, Sexton pleaded guilty in New York state court to money laundering and agreed to forfeit $600,000.Las Vegas Betting Scandal Earns $5.5 Million Fine but the Boss Walks
John L. Smith
January 21, 2014
Is there anything Zarif could do to forfeit his credentials as a “moderate”?How Iran, Putin and Assad Outwitted America
January 16, 2014
Crackpots eventually reveal themselves as such, and forfeit their influence in consequence.Michael Scheuer’s Meltdown
January 3, 2014
Individuals who are found to store their weapons unsafely could forfeit for a time their ownership rights.What If We Treated Guns Like Cars?
September 17, 2013
I am a loser also; the forfeit money bequeathed to me is gone.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Looking at it in the worst light, he has been guilty of nothing to forfeit his right.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little you gain the great.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Going to tell her that you will forfeit your passage money and hers?Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
He is jeopardizing all our lives, and his own has been forfeit these years.Scaramouche
- something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc
- the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner
- law something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc
- (sometimes plural)
- a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
- an object so given up
- (tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
- (tr) law
- to confiscate as punishment
- to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
- surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
Word Origin and History for forfeit
c.1300, "misdeed," from Old French forfait "crime, punishable offense" (12c.), originally past participle of forfaire "transgress," from for- "outside, beyond" (from Latin foris; see foreign) + faire "to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). Translating Medieval Latin foris factum. Sense shifted mid-15c. from the crime to the penalty: "something to which the right is lost through a misdeed." As an adjective from late 14c., from Old French forfait.
c.1300, "to lose by misconduct;" see forfeit (n.). Related: Forfeited; forfeiting.