Simple Definition of waive
: 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
2 : to throw away (stolen goods)
3 archaic : to shunt aside (as a danger or duty) : evade
4 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>
5 : to put off from immediate consideration : postpone
6 [influenced by 1wave] : to dismiss with or as if with a wave of the hand <waived the problem aside>
7 : to place (a ball player) on waivers; also : to release after placing on waivers
Examples of waive
She waived her right to a lawyer.
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
Synonym Discussion of waive
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