- 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 forfeiting
Our response for eight years has been to allow China to pursue its interests aggressively, while forfeiting our own.Obama's Reckless, Ridiculous China Policy
February 4, 2010
Chamberlain, of course, chose Rome over the object of his heart's ache, forfeiting love and dying a broken man.The Passion of Mark Sanford
June 27, 2009
He had saved his own respect at the risk of forfeiting that of Miss Gannion.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
What, then, might I not be forfeiting by this unhappy rencontre?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
He shrank from forfeiting this respect, unentitled though he was to it.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I beg your pardonI forgot that could only be done by forfeiting Simeon!
The knowledge that she was forfeiting these strangers' respect did not disturb her.The Lady Doc
- 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 forfeiting
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.