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for·feit  audio  (fôrft) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Something surrendered or subject to surrender as punishment for a crime, an offense, an error, or a breach of contract.
  2. Games
    1. Something placed in escrow and then redeemed after payment of a fine.
    2. forfeits A game in which forfeits are demanded.
  3. A forfeiture.
ADJECTIVE:
Lost or subject to loss through forfeiture.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
for·feit·ed, for·feit·ing, for·feits
  1. 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.
  2. To subject to seizure as a forfeit.

ETYMOLOGY:
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

OTHER FORMS:
forfeit·a·ble(Adjective), forfeit·er(Noun)


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