Definition of forfeit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

forfeit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfət//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forfeit
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfət//
 
he / she / it forfeits
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfəts//
 
past simple forfeited
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfətɪd//
 
past participle forfeited
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfətɪd//
 
-ing form forfeiting
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfətɪŋ//
 
 
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forfeit something to lose something or have something taken away from you because you have done something wrong If you cancel your flight, you will forfeit your deposit. He has forfeited his right to be taken seriously. Word Origin Middle English (originally denoting a crime or transgression, hence a fine): from Old French forfet, forfait, past participle of forfaire ‘transgress’, from for- ‘out’ (from Latin foris ‘outside’) + faire ‘do’ (from Latin facere).
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