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forfeit

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noun for·feit \ˈfȯr-fət\

Simple Definition of forfeit

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

Full Definition of forfeit

  1. 1 :  something forfeited or subject to being forfeited (as for a crime, offense, or neglect of duty) :  penalty

  2. 2 :  forfeiture especially of civil rights

  3. 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


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forfeit

verb for·feit

Simple Definition of forfeit

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

Full Definition of forfeit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lose or lose the right to especially by some error, offense, or crime

  3. 2 :  to subject to confiscation as a forfeit; also :  abandon, give up

for·feit·able play \-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.



14th Century

First Known Use of forfeit

14th century


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forfeit

adjective for·feit

Simple Definition of forfeit

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

Full Definition of forfeit

  1. :  forfeited or subject to forfeiture

14th Century

First Known Use of forfeit

14th century




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