forfeit


1for·feit

noun \ˈfr-fət\

: something that is lost or given up as punishment or because of a rule or law

Full Definition of FORFEIT

1
:  something forfeited or subject to being forfeited (as for a crime, offense, or neglect of duty) :  penalty
2
:  forfeiture especially of civil rights
3
a :  something deposited (as for making a mistake in a game) and then redeemed on payment of a fine
b plural :  a game in which forfeits are exacted

Examples of FORFEIT

  1. <the forfeit for each baseball player involved in the brawl was $5,000>

Origin of FORFEIT

Middle English forfait, from Anglo-French, from past participle of forfaire, forsfaire to commit a crime, forfeit, from fors outside (from Latin foris) + faire to do, from Latin facere — more at forum, do
First Known Use: 14th century

2forfeit

verb

: to lose or give up (something) as a punishment or because of a rule or law

Full Definition of FORFEIT

transitive verb
1
:  to lose or lose the right to especially by some error, offense, or crime
2
:  to subject to confiscation as a forfeit; also :  abandon, give up
for·feit·able \-fə-tə-bəl\ adjective
for·feit·er noun

Examples of FORFEIT

  1. He forfeited his right to a trial by jury.
  2. They didn't have enough players, so they ended up having to forfeit.

First Known Use of FORFEIT

14th century

3forfeit

adjective

: given up or taken away as a punishment or because of a rule or law

Full Definition of FORFEIT

:  forfeited or subject to forfeiture

First Known Use of FORFEIT

14th century

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