t) KEY NOUN:
- Something surrendered or subject to surrender as punishment for a crime, an offense, an error, or a breach of contract.
- Something placed in escrow and then redeemed after payment of a fine.
- forfeits A game in which forfeits are demanded.
- A forfeiture.
TRANSITIVE VERB: for·feit·ed
- Lost or subject to loss through 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.
Middle English forfet
, crime, penalty
, from Old French forfait
, past participle of forfaire
, to commit a crime, act outside the law
; see foreclose
, to do
; see feasibleOTHER FORMS:forfeit·a·ble(Adjective)