verb (used with object)
Origin of forfeit
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|Peter Beinart|August 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|John Batchelor|January 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Recently I found myself wondering how much money I forfeited by working for less than male peers during my years at the Times.
The non-importation act being still in force, these goods were seized as forfeited to the Government.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2|J. T. Headley.
Accordingly, on behalf of the highly respectable Miss Heald, I now ask that the recognizances be forfeited.The Magnificent Montez|Horace Wyndham
It might be that, owing to circumstances, the time was extended, or the contract might be forfeited for non-performance.
But the men in power fumbled and floundered on until we had forfeited our mastery in the air to our enemies.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
He had forfeited the right of appearing before Zeus as a suitor; for indeed he was no longer such as he had been only yesterday.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete|Georg Ebers
- 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.