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forfeit

noun for·feit \ ˈfȯr-fət \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of forfeit

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

Examples of forfeit in a Sentence

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

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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

forfeit Synonyms


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forfeit

verb

Definition of forfeit

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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of forfeit


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forfeit

adjective

Definition of forfeit

: forfeited or subject to forfeiture

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Origin and Etymology of forfeit



FORFEIT Defined for English Language Learners

forfeit

noun

Definition of forfeit for English Language Learners

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


forfeit

verb

Definition of forfeit for English Language Learners

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


forfeit

adjective

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

verb for·feit \ ˈfȯr-fət \

Definition of forfeit for Students

forfeited; forfeiting
: 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

noun

Definition of forfeit for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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forfeit

noun for·feit \ ˈfȯr-fət \

legal Definition of forfeit

: 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

legal Definition of forfeit

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 : 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

legal Definition of forfeit

: forfeited or subject to forfeiture


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