Definition of Forfeit

1. Noun. Something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty.

Exact synonyms: Forfeiture
Generic synonyms: Loss

2. Verb. Lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime. "Forfeited property"
Exact synonyms: Forego, Forgo, Give Up, Throw Overboard, Waive
Generic synonyms: Abandon
Specialized synonyms: Lapse
Antonyms: Claim
Derivative terms: Forfeiture, Forfeiture, Forfeiture, Waiver

3. Adjective. Surrendered as a penalty.
Exact synonyms: Confiscate, Forfeited
Similar to: Lost

4. 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"
Exact synonyms: Forfeiture
Generic synonyms: Penalty

5. Noun. The act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc..
Exact synonyms: Forfeiture, Sacrifice
Generic synonyms: Act, Deed, Human Action, Human Activity
Derivative terms: Sacrifice

Definition of Forfeit

1. n. Injury; wrong; mischief.

2. a. Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.

3. v. t. 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.

4. v. i. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.

5. p. p. or a. In the condition of being forfeited; subject to alienation.

Definition of Forfeit

1. Noun. a penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor ¹

2. Verb. To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance ¹

3. 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 ¹

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Definition of Forfeit

1. to lose as a penalty [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Forfeit

forfeit (current term)
forfeiture fund
forfeiture funds

Literary usage of Forfeit

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1857)
"A libel of information was tiled to forfeit the goods for undervaluation, under the 66th section of the act of March 2, 1799. The case was tried before a ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"... if he saw •74 proper to avail himself of it, within one year from the date of said note to forfeit the $3000 in cash and the said 180 shares of stock, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"On n proceeding to forfeit the bond, the case was submitted to the Judge without a Jury. He held that it was binding on the surety who procured the second ..."

4. A Dictionary, Practical, Theoretical, and Historical, of Commerce and by John Ramsey McCulloch, Vethake, Henry (1852)
"Any person having the charge of any vessel in any of the docke, refusing to remove the same, after tt houra' notice in writing, »hall forfeit ЖМ., ..."

5. The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People by William Sewel (1844)
"2. shall forfeit twenty pounds for every month they so make default ; and if they so forbear by the space of twelve months, after certificate thereof, ..."

6. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody: an Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase (1888)
"If the answer be a lady, she Is to give a lady's forfeit; If a young ... We nive n lew forfeit ransoms for use, but they may always be invented and ordered ..."

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