a penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor (noun)
To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance (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 (verb)
Examples of word forfeit
For she had nursed at the breast of nature, -- in forfeit of a mother, -- and she loved the old trees and the creeping green things with a passionate love; and the dim murmur of growing life was a gladness to her ears, and the damp earth-smells were sweet to her nostrils.
Draft numbers: For the second straight year there will be 57 selections as the Minnesota Timberwolves again forfeit their first-round pick as part of a penalty assessed by NBA commissioner David Stern for salary cap violations.
If unsuccessful, she returns to her place and pays a forfeit, which is redeemed at the end of the game.
By general custom all pencils, india-rubbers, or other stray possessions were put into what was known as the forfeit tray, whence their owners might reclaim them by paying the penalty of the loss of an order mark.
He knew that the minutest trifle must not escape his attention, or the forfeit might be his life.