- To forfeit is to give something up or have something taken away, often as a penalty for doing something wrong or in order to make something else possible.
- An example of forefeit is when you lose your driver's license because you got too many tickets.
- An example of forfeit is when you give up your day off to make more money.
forfeit definition by Webster's New World
- something that one loses or has to give up because of some crime, fault, or neglect of duty; specif., a fine or penalty
- a thing taken away as a penalty for making some mistake in a game, and redeemable by a specified action
- any game in which such forfeits are taken
- the act of forfeiting; forfeiture
Origin: Middle English forfet ; from Old French forfait, past participle of forfaire, to transgress ; from Midieval Latin forisfacere, to do wrong, literally , to do beyond ; from Classical Latin foris, foras, out-of-doors, beyond (see foreign) plush facere (see fact)
forfeit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something surrendered or subject to surrender as punishment for a crime, an offense, an error, or a breach of contract.
- Games a. Something placed in escrow and then redeemed after payment of a fine.b. forfeits A game in which forfeits are demanded.
- A forfeiture.
- To surrender, be deprived of, or give up the right to on account of a crime, an offense, an error, or a breach of contract.
- To subject to seizure as a forfeit.
Origin: Middle English forfet, crime, penalty, from Old French forfait, past participle of forfaire, to commit a crime, act outside the law : fors-, beyond; see foreclose + faire, to do; see feasible.
- forˈfeit·a·ble adjective
- forˈfeit·er noun