forfeit

[fawr-fit]

noun

verb (used with object)

to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.

adjective

lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.

Nearby words

  1. foreworn,
  2. forex,
  3. foreyard,
  4. forfaiting,
  5. forfar,
  6. forfeiture,
  7. forfend,
  8. forfex,
  9. forficate,
  10. forfochen

Origin of forfeit

1250–1300; Middle English forfet < Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) < Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, do

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British Dictionary definitions for forfeiting

forfeit

noun

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)
  1. a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault
  2. an object so given up

verb

(tr) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc
(tr) law
  1. to confiscate as punishment
  2. to surrender (something exacted as a penalty)

adjective

surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty
Derived Formsforfeitable, adjectiveforfeiter, noun

Word Origin for forfeit

C13: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do

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Word Origin and History for forfeiting
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