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Synonyms for forfeit
ˈfɔr fɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiture(noun)

    something that is lost or surrendered as a penalty;

    sacrifice, forfeiture

    won, arrogate, lay claim, claim

  2. forfeit, forfeiture(noun)

    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"

    sacrifice, forfeiture

    won, arrogate, lay claim, claim

  3. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice(adj)

    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

    sacrifice, forfeiture, ritual killing

    won, lay claim, arrogate, claim

  4. confiscate, forfeit, forfeited(verb)

    surrendered as a penalty

    forfeited, confiscate

    won, lay claim, arrogate, claim

  5. forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego(verb)

    lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

    "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property"

    spare, antedate, allow, abandon, vacate, precede, release, give up, resign, forgo, kick, throw in, predate, surrender, part with, fall by the wayside, lay off, waive, throw overboard, dispense with, cede, stop, relinquish, throw in the towel, deliver, cease, chuck up the sponge, renounce, discontinue, deep-six, drop out, free, antecede, drop by the wayside, forego, quit, foreswear

    won, arrogate, claim, lay claim


  1. forfeit(verb)

    To lose a contest, game, match, or other form of competition by voluntary withdrawal, by failing to attend or participate, or by violation of the rules

    Because only nine players were present, the football team was forced to forfeit the game.

    capitulate, surrender

  2. forfeit(verb)

    withgo, forgo

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forfeit

    abandon, avoid, depart, forfend, journey, migrate, move, proceed, reject, resist, shun

    abide, anticipate, await, bear, bide, confront, continue, dwell, endure, expect, inhabit, live, lodge, remain, reside, rest, sojourn, stay, stop, tarry, tolerate, wait, watch

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forfeit

    fine, penalty, mulct, amercement, damages, loss

    premium, bribe, douceur, remuneration, compensation, reward, gratuity

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. forfeit(n.)

    fine, mulct, amercement, penalty, forfeiture

  2. forfeit(v. a.)

    lose (by some offence, by neglect, or by breach of condition)

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forfeit(n)

    forfeiture, philopena, fine, mulct, penalty, amercement

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    confiscate, gained, acquired, lose

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How to use forfeit in a sentence?

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    The primary dues a writer or any artist pays is to remain sentient, and to forfeit the illusionary luxury of such anesthetics as avoidance, numbness, and denials.

  2. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    There’s nothing more arduous than traversing a lifelong struggle with the betrayal of the person you love, who expects to reach a compromise. Negotiation under these circumstances requires one to forfeit their dignity which can never be salvaged.

  3. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere:

    Those who commit serious offenses here forfeit their right to stay here.

  4. Phaedrus:

    I would rather not be a king than to forfeit my liberty.

  5. Abraham Lincoln:

    If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time you can even fool some of the people all the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

Translations for forfeit

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  • مصادرةArabic
  • лишавам се от, губя, глобаBulgarian
  • prohrát kontumačněCzech
  • verwirken, aufgebenGerman
  • στερούμαι, τίμημα, πρόστιμο, χάνωGreek
  • perder, rendirSpanish
  • perdre, abandonner, déclarer forfaitFrench
  • pionósIrish
  • caillScottish Gaelic
  • अर्थदंडHindi
  • perdoLatin
  • verliezen, verbeuren, opgeven, verkwanselenDutch
  • zrzec się, stracić, zrezygnowaćPolish
  • render-se, perder, penalidade, desistirPortuguese
  • штраф, утрачивать, лишиться, расплата, сдаться, утратить, сдаваться, лишатьсяRussian
  • izgubiti, predatiSerbo-Croatian
  • penále, vzdať, prepadnúť, pokuta, stratiťSlovak
  • walk overSwedish
  • 丧失Chinese

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