forfeit

noun
for·​feit | \ ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio) \

Definition of forfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
3a : 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

verb
forfeited; forfeiting; forfeits

Definition of forfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

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

forfeit

adjective

Definition of forfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

: forfeited or subject to forfeiture

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Other Words from forfeit

Verb

forfeitable \ ˈfȯr-​fə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce forfeitable (audio) \ adjective
forfeiter noun

Synonyms for forfeit

Synonyms: Noun

damages, fine, forfeiture, mulct, penalty

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead of letting the game go down as a cancellation or a forfeit, Leavell put down his microphone and put a whistle around his neck. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Bill Leavell was the human computer, but he was all about the people, not the numbers," 5 Sep. 2019 Indian Hill 3, Wellington 2 Pregel (IH) via forfeit; Ball (W) d. Warstler 6-0, 6-0; G. Biernat (W) d. Bennett 6-2, 6-0; Ellis-Pisati (IH) d. Sorrels-Young 6-1, 6-2; Gautham-Guan (IH) d. Marshall-Manley 6-3, 6-2. John Snodgrass, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio prep results, Friday April 20," 20 Apr. 2018 Hightower made the playoffs despite an unusual season that included several close losses, a forfeit and a coaching change. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Ridge Point, Marshall football teams look to remain on top in district," 26 Aug. 2019 Harris, a former USC player who went on to compete in the NFL, experienced how to create a positive environment despite the Nitros winning just two games (one by forfeit) last year. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Glendale looks to take huge step forward," 20 Aug. 2019 Argentina was given 15 minutes to change their jerseys but couldn’t come up with the right uniform in time, prompting the forfeit. Fox News, "Argentina women's basketball team forfeits game after wearing wrong jerseys," 10 Aug. 2019 The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Paul guided the squad to a 5-0 record (one game was a forfeit) and a state title. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ football preview: No. 11 McClymonds," 6 Aug. 2019 There was one catch: The night before its first game, Overseas Elite had four players available and needed Travis Bader to get on a plane to Atlanta the next afternoon after playing in the Orlando Summer League or face the possibility of a forfeit. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Will Overseas Elite win a fifth consecutive TBT? That's the $2 million question," 18 July 2019 Last August, the Las Vegas Aces forfeited a game -- the first forfeit in WNBA history -- after travel issues led to the team spending more than 25 hours in airports and airplanes. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "The struggle was real for these WNBA players trying to get home after a game," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among the Trojans’ seven Heisman Trophies was the award in 2005, but Bush had to forfeit it, and the one in 1968, but, well, never mind. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "In college football, a trademark word for everyone," 15 Aug. 2019 The new plea deal would order him to forfeit $10 million from selling his 1965 Aston Martin, 1958 Porsche and 1971 Mercedes-Benz, the U.S. Atty,'s Office said in a news release. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Imprisoned CdM man faces new federal charges for illegally selling luxury cars after fraud conviction," 26 July 2019 Rostohar has agreed to forfeit bank accounts; homes in Studio City, Reno and Mexico; four vehicles, including a Porsche, a Tesla and a Lexus; and luxury watches and jewelry, prosecutors said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "After $40-million embezzlement, former CBS credit union manager gets 14 years in jail," 16 Sep. 2019 Because Chavarin violated the terms of his agreement, which included not having or drinking alcohol, he is required to forfeit his $100,000 security and surrender to the court, according to KEZI. oregonlive, "Man charged with manslaughter of Ducks player back in jail, accused of drunken driving," 11 Sep. 2019 Silmi agreed to forfeit more than $54,000, a pistol and ammunition seized during the most recent case. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Former Ohio City nightclub owner sentenced to prison for leading drug ring," 26 Aug. 2019 As part of his guilty plea, Gornik agreed to forfeit millions of dollars in digital or crypto currency. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clairemont man sentenced to prison for selling drugs on dark web," 20 Aug. 2019 As part of his plea deal with federal prosecutors, he's agreed to forfeit the money. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Luxury car exporter who disappeared while on probation gets 10 years in prison over $30 million fraud," 6 Aug. 2019 As part of his plea agreement, Landers agreed to forfeit more than $612,000 that was seized from his bank accounts in 2015, court records show. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Pharmacy owner whose drugs led to doped racehorses admits to peddling unsafe equine drugs," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Arkansas claims a forfeit victory in a game that Ole Miss won on the field 13-7 in 1914. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Arkansas at Ole Miss by the numbers: Hogs return to scene of most recent SEC win," 7 Sep. 2019 Arkansas claims a forfeit victory in a game that Ole Miss won on the field 13-7 in 1914. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Arkansas at Ole Miss by the numbers: Hogs return to scene of most recent SEC win," 7 Sep. 2019 Arkansas claims a forfeit victory in a game that Ole Miss won on the field 13-7 in 1914. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Arkansas at Ole Miss by the numbers: Hogs return to scene of most recent SEC win," 7 Sep. 2019 That cut Lansdowne’s 6-0 lead, that came on a forfeit win at 120, in half. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Unbeaten Lansdowne wrestling squad wins final two matches and defeats Franklin," 25 Jan. 2018 Bretli Reyna scored the first pin of the night for South Dade at 120 pounds with Tyler Orta (126) and Joshua Swan (138) winning matches sandwiching a forfeit win for Fleming Island’s Jaquan English. Brant Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "South Dade takes home inaugural state duals title in 3A," 21 Jan. 2018 The forfeit win will boost Cedar Creek’s playoff chances. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Breaking: Delsea football forfeits win over Cedar Creek," 21 Sep. 2017 Catonsville’s other victories were a forfeit win by Chase Ritter (113) and a 3-2 decision by sophomore Ewan Hemmis (120) over Desean Hunter. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, "Lansdowne wrestling pins down Southwestern Battle for second straight year," 12 Dec. 2017 Notable: East River made a major leap this week from ninth to sixth after picking up a forfeit win over Timber Creek and beating St. Cloud, which added three points to its playoff average. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Final football playoff projections pave way for Sunday announcement show," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of forfeit

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

History and Etymology for forfeit

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

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

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More Definitions for forfeit

forfeit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

forfeit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of forfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

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

forfeit

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

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

forfeit

verb
for·​feit | \ ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio) \
forfeited; forfeiting

Kids Definition of forfeit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

forfeit

noun

Kids Definition of forfeit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

forfeit

noun
for·​feit | \ ˈfȯr-fət How to pronounce forfeit (audio) \

Legal Definition of forfeit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something forfeited or subject to being forfeited

forfeit

transitive verb

Legal Definition of forfeit (Entry 2 of 3)

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)

Other Words from forfeit

forfeitability \ ˌfȯr-​fə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
forfeitable adjective

forfeit

adjective

Legal Definition of forfeit (Entry 3 of 3)

: forfeited or subject to forfeiture

History and Etymology for forfeit

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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