What does forfeit mean?

Definitions for forfeit
ˈfɔr fɪtfor·feit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiturenoun

    something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;

  2. forfeit, forfeiturenoun

    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, sacrificeadjective

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

  4. confiscate, forfeit, forfeitedverb

    surrendered as a penalty

  5. forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, foregoverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. forfeitnoun

    a penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor

    Etymology: 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.

  2. forfeitverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. forfeitverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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. Forfeitnoun

    injury; wrong; mischief

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  2. Forfeitnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  3. Forfeitnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  4. Forfeitnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  5. Forfeitnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  6. Forfeitverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  7. Forfeitverb

    to fail to keep an obligation

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

  8. Forfeit

    in the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation

    Etymology: [OE. forfeten. See Forfeit, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forfeit

    for′fit, v.t. to lose the right to by some fault or crime:—pr.p. for′feiting; pa.p. for′feited.n. that which is forfeited: a penalty for a crime, or breach of some condition: a fine: something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine or penalty, esp. in pl., a game of this kind.—adj. forfeited.—adj. For′feitable.—ns. For′feiter (Shak.), one who incurs punishment by forfeiting his bond; For′feiture, act of forfeiting: state of being forfeited: the thing forfeited. [O. Fr. forfait—Low L. forisfactum—L. forisfacĕre, to transgress.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forfeit

    To render oneself by misdeeds liable to be deprived of; as, a soldier forfeits pay by sentence of court-martial for offenses committed.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forfeit in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forfeit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of forfeit in a Sentence

  1. John Locke:

    [W]henever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.

  2. Larry Hogan:

    Lamar’s gotta get (vaccinated), with the rules the NFL put down, I can’t imagine a team wanting to forfeit a game or lose a chance at the playoffs and none of the players getting paid because someone won’t get a vaccine.

  3. Phaedrus:

    I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.

  4. Daphne Keller:

    There was a lull, but I think the lull is over. there was pretty broad consensus that this was an emergency and you could take emergency measures and forfeit some other priorities in the name of public health.

  5. Willie Jessop:

    I don't have to forfeit my town, I don't need to forfeit my relationship with my Heavenly Father, I just have to have some time to do a moral reset, a spiritual reset, a financial reset, a friendship reset.

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  • مصادرةArabic
  • лишавам се от, губя, глобаBulgarian
  • prohrát kontumačněCzech
  • verwirken, aufgebenGerman
  • στερούμαι, τίμημα, πρόστιμο, χάνωGreek
  • perder, rendirSpanish
  • perdre, abandonner, déclarer forfaitFrench
  • pionósIrish
  • caillScottish Gaelic
  • अर्थदंडHindi
  • perdoLatin
  • verliezen, verbeuren, opgeven, verkwanselenDutch
  • zrzec się, stracić, zrezygnowaćPolish
  • render-se, perder, penalidade, desistirPortuguese
  • штраф, утрачивать, лишиться, расплата, сдаться, утратить, сдаваться, лишатьсяRussian
  • izgubiti, predatiSerbo-Croatian
  • penále, vzdať, prepadnúť, pokuta, stratiťSlovak
  • walk overSwedish
  • 丧失Chinese

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