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Definition of "forfeit" []

  • Something surrendered or subject to surrender as punishment for a crime, an offense, an error, or a breach of contract. (noun)
  • Games Something placed in escrow and then redeemed after payment of a fine. (noun)
  • Games A game in which forfeits are demanded. (noun)
  • A forfeiture. (noun)
  • Lost or subject to loss through forfeiture. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "forfeit" in a sentence
  • "For she had nursed at the breast of nature, -- in forfeit of a mother, -- and she loved the old trees and the creeping green things with a passionate love; and the dim murmur of growing life was a gladness to her ears, and the damp earth-smells were sweet to her nostrils."
  • "Draft numbers: For the second straight year there will be 57 selections as the Minnesota Timberwolves again forfeit their first-round pick as part of a penalty assessed by NBA commissioner David Stern for salary cap violations."
  • "If unsuccessful, she returns to her place and pays a forfeit, which is redeemed at the end of the game."