forfeit

1 of 3

noun

for·​feit ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio)
1
: something forfeited or subject to being forfeited (as for a crime, offense, or neglect of duty) : penalty
They were required to pay a forfeit.
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
forfeits plural : a game in which forfeits are exacted

forfeit

2 of 3

verb

forfeited; forfeiting; forfeits

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
forfeitable adjective
forfeiter noun

forfeit

3 of 3

adjective

: forfeited or subject to forfeiture

Examples of forfeit in a Sentence

Noun the forfeit for each baseball player involved in the brawl was $5,000 Verb He forfeited his right to a trial by jury. They didn't have enough players, so they ended up having to forfeit.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The ensuing forfeit eliminated the Loyal from playoff contention. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2023 The last two forfeits have come against Coast Valley League opponent Cambria Coast Union, with the latest on Saturday, because the school had girls on its team. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Two players who received gift cards played in the next week’s 55-33 win over Bessemer City, resulting in the forfeit. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2023 The growing list of injuries even went as far as being the main cause for the two forfeits at Utah and Colorado this season. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 8 Mar. 2023 Last year, Valley Christian Academy’s forfeit against Coast Union hurt the Lions’ chances at the outright league championship. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 No decision has been announced whether any forfeits or punishment is coming to the school or team. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 Hoover has not lost three straight to start the season on the field since 1994 (forfeits in 2007 resulted in four straight to start). Dennis Victory, al, 5 Sep. 2023 Heavyweight leads Lansdowne wrestling to victory On a night when every bout was won by either a pin or a forfeit, a dual meet at Lansdowne came down to the final heavyweight showdown between Lansdowne’s Anthony Nguyen and Randallstown’s Chris Ordonez. Craig Clary, Baltimore Sun, 26 July 2023
Verb
There is a fundamental lack of understanding that for most Jews, a connection to Israel is central to their Jewish identity and an expectation that to be accepted on Oberlin's campus, all expression of that Zionist expression must be forfeited. Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2023 As part of their guilty pleas, Wang, Ellison, and Singh all agreed to forfeit proceeds from their time at FTX and Alameda. Marley Jay, NBC News, 4 Nov. 2023 The soccer team, currently ranked first in the Ivy League, forfeits its remaining games of the season. Austin Knoblauch, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 As part of the plea deal, in addition to the prison sentence, Coronel Aispuro also had to forfeit nearly $1.5 million as a result of the illicit gains from Guzmán Loera’s activities, The New York Times reported. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 After that, the holder would forfeit the license to allow another applicant to proceed. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 But even with these options, over a third of workers still end up forfeiting FSA money, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Aly J. Yale, wsj.com, 24 Oct. 2023 The team had to forfeit its final game that season because of a lack of players and finished 3-6. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Instead of throwing the fight for the mob, Hosseini is coerced to declare forfeit for the glory of Iran. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Oct. 2023
Adjective
The Gators also were 3-1 in 2020, but that included a forfeit win over B.C. Rain during the COVID year. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2023 It was called a few minutes later, with the Millers awarded the forfeit win. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 9 Sep. 2023 The skinny: Huntsville has defeated its Rocket City rival the last four times on the field - Grissom picked up a forfeit win during the 2020 COVID-19 season. al, 5 Sep. 2023 The win came one week after Mission Hills was handed a forfeit win over Lawndale, which surrendered two days before game day while pleading a shortage of healthy players. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 Mission Hills took a forfeit win, but Grizzlies coach Chris Hauser would much rather have played. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 The Leopards overcame an 0-6 start that included four forfeit losses and two overtime losses to make another deep playoff run. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 8 Aug. 2023 But the coach had broken a bylaw in letting the 20-year-old play, leading to a suspension, a forfeit game and West being temporarily stripped of his uniform. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2023 The game, which was scheduled for Tuesday at Fertitta Center, will be considered a no-contest by the NCAA, but for the purpose of conference standings, the AAC will award Cincinnati (11-3) with a forfeit win and UH (11-2) with a forfeit loss. Matt Young, Chron, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forfeit was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forfeit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forfeit. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

forfeit

1 of 2 noun
for·​feit ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio)
: something forfeited : penalty, fine

forfeit

2 of 2 verb
: to lose or lose the right to as a punishment for an error, offense, or crime
forfeiter noun

Legal Definition

forfeit

1 of 3 noun
for·​feit ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio)
: something forfeited or subject to being forfeited

forfeit

2 of 3 transitive verb
1
: to lose or lose the right to by some default, failure, or neglect of obligation or duty or by some offense
shall forfeit to the United States…any proceeds which the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from racketeering activityU.S. Code
2
: to subject to forfeiture
it shall be placed in the custody of the Collector, who…shall cause a notice of the seizure and intention to forfeit and sell the sameMorgan v. United States, 107 F. Supp. 501 (1952)
forfeitability
ˌfȯr-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē
noun
forfeitable adjective

forfeit

3 of 3 adjective
: forfeited or subject to forfeiture
Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French, from Middle French forfait, past participle of forfaire to commit a crime, from fors outside + faire to do

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