verb (used with object)
Origin of forfeit
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|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Is there anything Zarif could do to forfeit his credentials as a “moderate”?
Crackpots eventually reveal themselves as such, and forfeit their influence in consequence.
Individuals who are found to store their weapons unsafely could forfeit for a time their ownership rights.
I always knew that if suspected my life would pay the forfeit; but I know not how the authorship has been discovered.The Secret Chamber at Chad|Evelyn Everett-Green
But this morning it is a bull they are rounding-up; and a bull that had grown so savage and intractable that his life was forfeit.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
If unsuccessful, she returns to her place and pays a forfeit, which is redeemed at the end of the game.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium|Jessie H. Bancroft
He exerted himself to save the souls of those whose bodies were forfeit by reason of relapse, and succeeded in all cases but one.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III|Henry Charles Lea
Men who commit crimes against the civil laws of the United States forfeit their rights of citizenship.
- 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
- to confiscate as punishment
- to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)
Word Origin 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.