forfeit forfeit  /ˈfɔr fɪt/


  1. (n) something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty
  2. (n) a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something
  3. (n) the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  4. (v) lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
  5. (adj) surrendered as a penalty

Derived Word(s)


  1. His life is forfeit to me.
  2. Fischer declined to defend his title in 1975, and by forfeit, it passed back into the embrace of the Soviets, in the person of Anatoly Karpov.
  3. Politicians spend a lot of time playing the expectations game, but in this case Palin may win by forfeit, because her opponents have set the bar somewhere around her shins.


  1. Conn. hits hotel accused of changing stay in storm

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection says a Stamford hotel tried to require longer than usual stays during Superstorm Sandy last October and will forfeit $1,800 to the state.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  2. Court strikes down U.S. prostitution policy

    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday the government cannot force a private group to disavow prostitution or forfeit federal funds.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: UPI

  3. Franconia man under court supervison, must forfeit gun, after apparent road rage incident

    NORRISTOWN - A Franconia man will be under court supervision and must forfeit his handgun to police after he admitted to menacing another driver during an apparent road rage incident in Souderton. Joseph W. Grau, 22, of the 400 block of Smokepipe Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday to two years' probation and 24 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Reporter


  1. France defender Patrice Evra said the team had agreed to "forfeit its bonuses," but also added this cryptic message: "There is a cause for all this failure, several things will come out. Then, if people don't want to forgive, at least they...
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Patrice Evra Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  2. "The fact that the Korean government is practicing the 'sunshine policy' toward North Korea does not mean that we forfeit all rights to take issue with North Korea's missile launches and nuclear test," Roh said. "Although we fully embrace the...
    on May 30, 2007 By: President Roh Source: USA Today

  3. Mr. Nifong's problem: The Ides of October (and the "60 Minutes" expose precede Election Day 2006 and, as Abraham Lincoln explained: "If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is...
    on Oct 2, 2006 By: Abraham Lincoln Source: WEBCommentary

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