how to pronounce forfeit

/ˈfɔːɹfɪt/

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forfeit is pronounced in two syllables

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fɔːɹfɪt

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

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meanings of forfeit

noun:

  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.

verb:

  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.

adjective:

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

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