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Definition to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty

More rarely, forfeit is used as a noun to reference that which was lost or surrendered.
  • We had to forfeit the deposit.
forfeit = lose
  • The team was half an hour late and had to forfeit the game.
  • forfeit = give up
  • The Patriots had to forfeit a first round draft pick because they were caught videotaping the defensive signals of the New York Jets.
  • forfeit = give up (lose)
  • What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
    Mark 8:36 (NIV)
  • the contract specified forfeits if the work was not completed on time
  • A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
    Proverbs 20:2 (NIV)
  • My father's opinion of me does me the greatest honour, and I should be miserable to forfeit it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Sooner or later I'm bound to lose too, and when I do, what will they expect me to forfeit?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • forfeit = give up
  • "Ser Cleos," she said coolly, "you forfeited the protection of your peace banner when your men played us false."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • forfeited = lost (gave up)
  • The rules stated that if a member obtained a divorce, she would be forced to resign and forfeit her dues.
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • forfeit = lose (give up any claim to)
  • If they don't appear, the court issues a bench warrant for the truant party and you forfeit your bond.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • forfeit = lose
  • Holmes posted bail and forfeited the amount when Pitezel, as planned, failed to return for trial.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • forfeited = lost
  • Maybe her mom realized that she'd pretty much forfeited the right to ask questions for all eternity when she dumped Eleanor at somebody's house for a year.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • forfeited = given up (lost)
  • I don't know; I never built anything, and I forfeited the right to watch my son grow up.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • forfeited = gave up or lost
  • He knew that his life was almost forfeit.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • forfeit = lost
  • I'll forfeit any money owed to me.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • forfeit = give up
  • If Jacobs hangs for a witch he forfeit up his property—that's law!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • forfeit = loses
  • Bailey had graduated the year before, although to do so he had had to forfeit all pleasures to make up for his time lost in Baton Rouge.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • forfeit = give up
  • "If we stop now, we'll have to forfeit the match!" said Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • forfeit = give up (lose)
  • My father's opinion of me does me the greatest honour, and I should be miserable to forfeit it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
forfeit = lose

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