- 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 forfeited
He forfeited any real chance of winning American Jewish voters when he chose Ryan, says Peter Beinart.Romney Lost the American Jewish Vote by Picking Paul Ryan
August 14, 2012
WINNER(S) MUST ATTEND THE PRIZE CEREMONY IN NEW YORK ON JUNE 20, 2012 OR ALL PRIZES WILL BE FORFEITED.
WINNER MUST CLAIM OTHER PRIZES WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE CEREMONY OR ANY PRIZE NOT CLAIMED WILL BE FORFEITED.
The solution to the puzzle may be to admit that the GOP has forfeited 2012 before the general election even starts.Romney and Gingrich Set the GOP on a Path Toward Self-Destruction
January 30, 2012
Recently I found myself wondering how much money I forfeited by working for less than male peers during my years at the Times.The Supreme Court's Cluelessness on Gender Bias
June 22, 2011
If you have forfeited man's respect and esteem, there is a God with whom there is mercy and forgiveness.Life in London
The Barony of Holderness was forfeited, but Drogo was never captured.Yorkshire Painted And Described
They said their lives would be forfeited if we gave them up, and they entreated us to let them go.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
When our engagement was forfeited, that right was forfeited with it.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I hope it cannot be shown that he has forfeited all claim to my protection.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- 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 forfeited
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.