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forfeit

  
  ( forfeits    plural & 3rd person present)   ( forfeiting    present participle)   ( forfeited    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you forfeit something, you lose it or are forced to give it up because you have broken a rule or done something wrong.  
He was ordered to forfeit more than £1.5m in profits...      V n  
He argues that murderers forfeit their own right to life.      V n  
2       verb   If you forfeit something, you give it up willingly, especially so that you can achieve something else.  
He has forfeited a lucrative fee but feels his well-being is more important...      V n  
3       n-count   A forfeit is something that you have to give up because you have done something wrong.   (=penalty)  
That is the forfeit he must pay.     
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forfeit

  
1   
      n   amercement     (obsolete)   damages, fine, forfeiture, loss, mulct, penalty  
2   
      vb   be deprived of, be stripped of, give up, lose, relinquish, renounce, say goodbye to, surrender  

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forfeiture, fore, fortify, forest

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