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



BrE BrE//ˈfɔːfɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrfət//
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something that a person has to pay, or something that is taken from them, because they have done something wrong See related entries: Types of punishment Word OriginMiddle 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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