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forfeit

for·feit

forfeit

 
 
pronunciation:
for fiht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something demanded or given up as a penalty for neglect, misdeeds, or other failure to act as required by law, contract, or rules.
The deposit will be kept as a forfeit if the tenant does not abide by the rental contract.They failed to comply with the rules and had to pay a forfeit.
synonyms:
penalty
similar words:
damages, fine, mulct
definition 2: the act of paying a penalty for misconduct or neglect.
His forfeit of the match following drug-testing came as a shock to his fans.
synonyms:
forfeiture
definition 3: an article that is held until a fine is paid.
similar words:
forfeiture
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forfeited, forfeiting, forfeits
definition 1: to be made to surrender (something) as a penalty or fine.
After two serious offenses, she forfeited her driver's license.
similar words:
forsake, lose, release, surrender, yield
definition 2: to lose or surrender (something) because of misconduct or neglect.
If the father does not abide by these rules, he will forfeit his right to visit the children.The team arrived late and had to forfeit the game.
 
synonyms:
surrender
antonyms:
acquire
similar words:
default, hand over, lose, release, relinquish, yield
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: lost or surrendered as a penalty for some crime, offense, or breach of rules.
similar words:
confiscated
derivations: forfeitable (adj.), forfeiter (n.)