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Meaning of FORFEIT

Pronunciation:  'forfit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  2. [n]  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. [n]  something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;
  4. [adj]  surrendered as a penalty
  5. [v]  lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime

FORFEIT is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: confiscate, forfeited, forfeiture, forfeiture, forgo, give up, lost, sacrifice, throw overboard, waive
 Antonyms: arrogate, claim, lay claim
 See Also: abandon, act, human action, human activity, lapse, loss, penalty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \For"feit\, n. [OE. forfet crime, penalty, F. forfait
    crime (LL. forefactum, forifactum), prop. p. p. of forfaire
    to forfeit, transgress, fr. LL. forifacere, prop., to act
    beyond; L. foris out of doors, abroad, beyond + facere to do.
    See {Foreign}, and {FAct}.]
    1. Injury; wrong; mischief. [Obs. & R.]
             To seek arms upon people and country that never did
             us any forfeit.                       --Ld. Berners.
    2. 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.
             Thy slanders I forgive; and therewithal Remit thy
             other forfeits.                       --Shak.
    3. Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine; --
       whence the game of forfeits.
             Country dances and forfeits shortened the rest of
             the day.                              --Goldsmith.
  2. \For"feit\, a. [F. forfait, p. p. of forfaire. See
    {Forfeit}, n.]
    Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal
          Thy wealth being forfeit to the state.   --Shak.
          To tread the forfeit paradise.           --Emerson.
  3. \For"feit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forfeited}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Forfeiting}.] [OE. forfeten. See {Forfeit}, n.]
    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.
          [They] had forfeited their property by their crimes.
          Undone and forfeited to cares forever!   --Shak.
  4. \For"feit\, v. i.
    1. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
    2. To fail to keep an obligation. [Obs.]
             I will have the heart of him if he forfeit. --Shak.
  5. \For"feit\, p. p. or a.
    In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation.
          Once more I will renew His laps[`e]d powers, though
          forfeite.                                --Milton.
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