Definitions for forfeitˈfɔr fɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•feitˈfɔr fɪt(n.)

  1. a fine; penalty.

  2. an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.

  3. something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or violation of a contract.

  4. an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.

    Category: Games

  5. forfeits, (used with a sing. v.) a game in which such articles are taken.

    Category: Games

  6. (v.t.)to subject to seizure as a forfeit.

  7. to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime or breach of engagement.

  8. (adj.)lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.

Origin of forfeit:

1250–1300; ME forfet < OF, ptp. of forfaire to commit a crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act < ML forīs facere to transgress = L foris outside + facere to make, do1

for′feit•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiture(noun)

    something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;

  2. forfeit, forfeiture(noun)

    a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something

    "the contract specified forfeits if the work was not completed on time"

  3. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice(adj)

    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

  4. confiscate, forfeit, forfeited(verb)

    surrendered as a penalty

  5. forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego(verb)

    lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

    "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. forfeit(verb)ˈfɔr fɪt

    to be made to give up sth for not following rules

    Employees will forfeit any unused vacation allowance.

Wiktionary

  1. forfeit(Noun)

    a penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor

  2. forfeit(Verb)

    To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance

    He forfeited his last chance of an early release from jail by repeatedly attacking another inmate.

  3. forfeit(Verb)

    To lose a contest, game, match, or other form of competition by voluntary withdrawal, by failing to attend or participate, or by violation of the rules

    Because only nine players were present, the football team was forced to forfeit the game.

  4. Origin: Middle English from ca. 1300, from Old French forfait "crime", originally the past participle of forfaire "transgress", ad Middle Latin foris factum. During the 15th century, the sense shifted from the crime to the penalty for the crime.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forfeit(noun)

    injury; wrong; mischief

  2. Forfeit(noun)

    a thing forfeit or forfeited; what is or may be taken from one in requital of a misdeed committed; that which is lost, or the right to which is alienated, by a crime, offense, neglect of duty, or breach of contract; hence, a fine; a mulct; a penalty; as, he who murders pays the forfeit of his life

  3. Forfeit(noun)

    something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; -- whence the game of forfeits

  4. Forfeit(noun)

    lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure

  5. Forfeit(noun)

    to lose, or lose the right to, by some error, fault, offense, or crime; to render one's self by misdeed liable to be deprived of; to alienate the right to possess, by some neglect or crime; as, to forfeit an estate by treason; to forfeit reputation by a breach of promise; -- with to before the one acquiring what is forfeited

  6. Forfeit(verb)

    to be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress

  7. Forfeit(verb)

    to fail to keep an obligation

  8. Forfeit

    in the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation


Translations for forfeit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

forfeit(adjective)

forfeited

His former rights are forfeit now.

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