What does forfeit mean?

Definitions for forfeitˈfɔr fɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word forfeit.

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"


  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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phaedrus:

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

  2. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

  3. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere:

    Those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here.

  4. Kenneth Shults:

    Our family has always owned and used firearms, no foster parent should have to forfeit their constitutional rights in order to be a foster parent.

  5. Vanna Bonta:

    The primary dues a writer or any artist pays is to remain sentient, and to forfeit the illusionary luxury of such anesthetics as avoidance, numbness, and denials.

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Translations for forfeit

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • مصادرةArabic
  • лишавам се от, губя, глобаBulgarian
  • prohrát kontumačněCzech
  • verwirken, aufgebenGerman
  • στερούμαι, τίμημα, πρόστιμο, χάνωGreek
  • perder, rendirSpanish
  • perdre, abandonner, déclarer forfaitFrench
  • pionósIrish
  • caillScottish Gaelic
  • 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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