how to pronounce forfeit


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forfeit is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of forfeit in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… around front go be forfeit how you …”

meanings of forfeit


  1. Injury; wrong; mischief.
  2. A penalty for or consequence of a misdemeanor.
  3. Something deposited and redeemable by a sportive fine as part of a game.
  4. A thing forfeited; that which is taken from somebody in requital of a misdeed committed; that which is lost, or the right to which is alienated, by a crime, breach of contract, etc.


  1. To be guilty of a misdeed; to be criminal; to transgress.
  2. To fail to keep an obligation.
  3. To suffer the loss of something by wrongdoing or non-compliance.
  4. 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.


  1. Lost or alienated for an offense or crime; liable to penal seizure.

forfeit frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word forfeit occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics forfeit can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that forfeit can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) people, society, and culture;

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