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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019 for•feit /ˈfɔrfɪt/
USA pronunciation n. [ countable ]
an act of forfeiting. v.
to (cause to) lose or become liable to lose, because of a failure to do something: She forfeited the match by refusing to play. [~ + object ] had to forfeit because she couldn't continue the match. [no object ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019 for•feit
(fôr ′fit), USA pronunciation n.
a fine; penalty.
an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
Gamesan article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
Games forfeits, ( used with a sing. v.) a game in which such articles are taken from the players. v.t.
to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement. adj.
lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.
for ′feit•a•ble, adj.
for ′feit•er, n.
Medieval Latin forīs factum penalty, past participle of forīs facere to transgress, equivalent. to Latin forīs outside, wrongly + facere to make, do Old French (past participle of forfaire to commit crime, to lose possession or right through a criminal act) Middle English forfet 1250–1300
7. surrender, yield, relinquish, forgo, waive. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
forfeit / ˈfɔːfɪt/ n something lost or given up as a penalty for a fault, mistake, etc the act of losing or surrendering something in this manner something confiscated as a penalty for an offence, breach of contract, etc ( sometimes plural) a game in which a player has to give up an object, perform a specified action, etc, if he commits a fault an object so given up vb ( transitive) to lose or be liable to lose in consequence of a mistake, fault, etc ( transitive) to confiscate as punishment adj surrendered or liable to be surrendered as a penalty Etymology: 13 th Century: from Old French forfet offence, from forfaire to commit a crime, from Medieval Latin foris facere to act outside (what is lawful), from Latin foris outside + facere to do ˈforfeiter n
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