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Meaning of forfeit

for•feit

Pronunciation: (fôr'fit), [key]
— n.
  1. a fine; penalty.
  2. an act of forfeiting; forfeiture.
  3. something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract.
  4. an article deposited in a game because of a mistake and redeemable by a fine or penalty.
  5. a game in which such articles are taken from the players.
—v.t.
  1. to subject to seizure as a forfeit.
  2. to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement.
—adj.
  1. lost or subject to loss by forfeiture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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