verb \ˈwāv\

: to officially say that you will not use or require something that you are allowed to have or that is usually required


Full Definition of WAIVE

transitive verb
archaic :  give up, forsake
:  to throw away (stolen goods)
archaic :  to shunt aside (as a danger or duty) :  evade
a :  to relinquish voluntarily (as a legal right) <waive a jury trial>
b :  to refrain from pressing or enforcing (as a claim or rule) :  forgo <waive the fee>
:  to put off from immediate consideration :  postpone
[influenced by 1wave] :  to dismiss with or as if with a wave of the hand <waived the problem aside>
:  to place (a ball player) on waivers; also :  to release after placing on waivers

Examples of WAIVE

  1. She waived her right to a lawyer.
  2. The university waives the application fee for low-income students.

Origin of WAIVE

Middle English weiven to decline, reject, give up, from Anglo-French waiver, gaiver, from waif lost, stray — more at waif
First Known Use: 14th century


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