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forfeit

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noun for·feit \ˈfȯr-fət\

Definition of forfeit

  1. 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. 2 :  forfeiture especially of civil rights

  3. 3a :  something deposited (as for making a mistake in a game) and then redeemed on payment of a fineb forfeits plural :  a game in which forfeits are exacted

Examples of forfeit in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology 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

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

forfeitable

play \ˈfȯr-fə-tə-bəl\ adjective

forfeiter

noun

Examples of forfeit in a Sentence

  1. He forfeited his right to a trial by jury.

  2. They didn't have enough players, so they ended up having to forfeit.

Origin and Etymology of forfeit

see 1forfeit


First Known Use: 14th century


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forfeit

adjective for·feit

Definition of forfeit

  1. :  forfeited or subject to forfeiture

Origin and Etymology of forfeit

see 1forfeit


First Known Use: 14th century



FORFEIT Defined for English Language Learners

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forfeit

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noun for·feit \ˈfȯr-fət\

Definition of forfeit for English Language Learners

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

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forfeit

verb for·feit

Definition of forfeit for English Language Learners

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

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forfeit

adjective for·feit

Definition of forfeit for English Language Learners

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


FORFEIT Defined for Kids

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forfeit

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verb for·feit \ˈfȯr-fət\

Definition of forfeit for Students

forfeited

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forfeiting

  1. :  to lose or lose the right to as punishment for a fault, error, or crime “If we stop now, we'll have to forfeit the match!” said Harry. — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets


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forfeit

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noun for·feit

Definition of forfeit for Students

  1. :  something or the right to something lost as punishment for a fault, error, or crime


Law Dictionary

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forfeit

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noun for·feit \ˈfȯr-fət\

Legal Definition of forfeit

  1. :  something forfeited or subject to being forfeited

Origin and Etymology of forfeit

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


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forfeit

transitive verb for·feit

Legal Definition of forfeit

  1. 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 activity — U.S. Code

  2. 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 same — Morgan v. United States, 107 F. Supp. 501 (1952)

forfeitability

\ˌfȯr-fə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

forfeitable

adjective

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forfeit

adjective for·feit

Legal Definition of forfeit

  1. :  forfeited or subject to forfeiture



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