AskDefine | Define forfeit

Dictionary Definition

forfeit adj : surrendered as a penalty [syn: confiscate, forfeited]


1 something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty; [syn: forfeiture]
2 a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something; "the contract specified forfeits if the work was not completed on time" [syn: forfeiture]
3 the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc. [syn: forfeiture, sacrifice] v : lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime [syn: give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo] [ant: claim]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance
    He forfeited his last chance of an early release from jail by repeatedly attacking another inmate.
  2. To give up in defeat
    ''The army waved their white flag, signifying their forfeit.


to suffer the loss
to give up in defeat

Extensive Definition

A forfeit can be one of several things:
  • Forfeiting is the act of voluntarily admitting defeat in a competition or contest, thereby surrendering victory to the opposition. Usually it is only done in the most extreme circumstances, in which the forfeiting party believes there is simply no way to continue under the present circumstances.
  • Forfeiting can also be done by calling off or ending a game.
  • Forfeiting is an established practice in competitive sports, but rarely done. In American Football, a forfeit is scored as a 2-0 win for the opposing team.
  • Forfeits (game), a traditional game where players have to perform silly or humiliating tasks to stay in the game
  • Forfeit (baseball) - for information about forfeiting in baseball
  • Forfeit a song on Chevelle's breakthrough Cd ''Wonder What's Next
  • A forfeit in cricket can occur in one of two ways:
    • Either side may forfeit one of their innings, but only by mutual consent of the opposing captains. It is not a common practice and is usually only done to try to get a result in a rain-affected match; at the end of side A's first innings the captains may agree that side B will forfeit their first innings and side A will forfeit their second innings, thus reducing the match to a single innings game.
    • The umpires also have the power to award a match to side A where side B either concedes defeat or in the opinion of the umpires refuses to play, in which case the game can be deemed to have been forfeited by side B.
  • Asset forfeiture, in law, is the confiscation by the State of assets which are either the proceeds of crime or the instrumentalities of crime.
forfeit in German: Pfand
forfeit in German: Buße
forfeit in Dzongkha: Forfeit
forfeit in Swati: Forfeit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amercement, be bereaved of, bereavement, caution, caution money, charge, collateral, collateral security, cost, damage, damages, dead loss, debit, default, denial, denudation, deposit, deprivation, despoilment, destruction, detriment, dispossession, distraint, distress, divestment, drop, escheat, escheatment, expense, fee, fine, forfeiture, forgo, forgone, give over, give up, go astray from, incur loss, injury, kiss good-bye, let slip, lose, lose out, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, lost, margin, mislay, misplace, miss, mulct, penalty, perdition, privation, relinquish, relinquished, renounce, renounced, robbery, ruin, sacrifice, sconce, sequestration, spoliation, stake, stripping, suffer loss, surrender, surrendered, taking away, total loss, undergo privation, waive, waived, wander from, yielded
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