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

With three forfeits coming in district games, Calvary went from a clear frontrunner in District 7-4A to fourth behind Chaminade, Westminster Academy and Hialeah Educational Academy. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nationally ranked Calvary Christian baseball team forfeits 12 games," 11 Apr. 2018 Playing against his former team, Watkins lost to Krishnan and Huang by scores of 6-2 and 6-1 respectively, before his forfeit win in the third round. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Sage Hill eases past Newport Harbor in boys’ tennis," 16 Mar. 2018 No other team would play against them, so the Jaycees made their way to the championship courtesy of forfeits. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Little League reunion offers perfect pitch of colorblind history," 10 Apr. 2018 When one of the ineligible players participated in a tournament game the result was a forfeit. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Which Greater Cincinnati schools may jump leagues?," 2 Mar. 2018 Five days later, the Rangers' game in Cleveland was cut short and the Rangers were awarded a forfeit win after fans attacked Texas outfielder Jeff Burroughs and the umpires. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Watch the Rangers-Indians brawl from 1974 five days before the infamous 10-cent beer night fiasco | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 More: Scecina avoids forfeit, but pitcher ruled ineligible after pitch-count violation That '92 season ended at semistate, one game shy of the state championship game. Joseph Spears, Indianapolis Star, "HS baseball: Scecina's first semistate trip in 26 years hasn't been easy — or without drama," 6 June 2018 One forfeit, March 6 at Taravella, was a 4-2 loss anyway. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nationally ranked Calvary Christian baseball team forfeits 12 games," 11 Apr. 2018 Some felt the rules violation would result in a Scecina forfeit, but the team was spared. Zach Horrall, Indianapolis Star, "HS baseball: After pitch-count violation, Scecina's coach sidelines himself in semistate loss," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If New York had signed Grandal, the Mets would have forfeited their second-highest pick in next June’s amateur draft and $500,000 of international signing bonus allocation in 2019-20. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year deal," 16 Dec. 2018 Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, also was found guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison, ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Former Guatemalan soccer head to forfeit $350,000," 5 Feb. 2019 Jason Lee Kirtley, 45, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., was sentenced to 12 years and 11 months and ordered to forfeit to the government $28,800, which represents proceeds of drug trafficking. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Kansas City-area woman sentenced for role in $4.3 million drug-trafficking operation | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 Newslook Pharma bro Martin Shkreli was sentenced Friday to a seven-year prison term, ordered to forfeit nearly $7.4 million and fined $75,000 for the 2017 securities fraud and conspiracy convictions that upended the drug industry investor's career. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison," 9 Mar. 2018 In November, a British man was fined and had to forfeit his drone after a court ruled the unmanned aircraft was flown too close to a police helicopter. Robert Wall, WSJ, "U.K. Airport Remains Closed After Drones Disrupt Travel," 20 Dec. 2018 Any unapproved structural or aesthetic change could mean forfeiting your security deposit and incurring other fees at move-out time. The Seattle Times, "4 quick fixes to give your rental home more personality," 13 Aug. 2018 And then, voters made the failure to do so by lawmakers punishable by forfeiting their paychecks. John Myers, latimes.com, "A big political moment on the world stage, on California's campaign trail and in Sacramento," 30 May 2018 Despite forfeiting 11 regular-season wins, the Calvary Christian Eagles still have all their state aspirations in front of them. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Moving past prior forfeits, Calvary Christian tops Chaminade, secures spot in regionals," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Arkansas claims a forfeit victory in a game that Ole Miss won on the field 13-7 in 1914. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Arkansas at Ole Miss by the numbers: Rebels get new QB again," 28 Oct. 2017 Every win last season was taken away and became a forfeit loss because the team used ineligible players. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Los Angeles might be winless, but Jeffrey Martinez still plays for love of the game," 8 Oct. 2017 Cedar Creek is 2-1 on the field, getting a forfeit win over No. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "South Jersey football: Games to watch this weekend," 26 Sep. 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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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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