verb (used with object)
Origin of forfeit
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.
Chamberlain, of course, chose Rome over the object of his heart's ache, forfeiting love and dying a broken man.
So in forfeiting shares they must not use the power collusively for the purpose of relieving the shareholder from liability.
Arms and Ammunition--prohibited to be landed without permission, under the penalty of forfeiting bond and charter-party.The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811)|David Dickinson Mann
This victory must be concealed under penalty of forfeiting the benefits that might accrue from it.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1|Emile Gaboriau
Moreover, in forfeiting this maternal faculty, woman reverts to the mode of those crude rudimentary species below the Mammalia.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
A revoke is punished by the offender being set back the number of points bid and forfeiting a red counter to the pool.
- 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.