\ˈwāv \
waived; waiving

Definition of waive 

transitive verb

1 archaic : give up, forsake

2 : to throw away (stolen goods)

3 archaic : to shunt aside (a danger or duty) : evade

4a : to relinquish (something, such as a legal right) voluntarily waive a jury trial

b : to refrain from pressing or enforcing (something, such 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

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Choose the Right Synonym for waive

relinquish, yield, resign, surrender, abandon, waive mean to give up completely. relinquish usually does not imply strong feeling but may suggest some regret, reluctance, or weakness. relinquished her crown yield implies concession or compliance or submission to force. the troops yielded ground grudgingly resign emphasizes voluntary relinquishment or sacrifice without struggle. resigned her position surrender implies a giving up after a struggle to retain or resist. surrendered their claims abandon stresses finality and completeness in giving up. abandoned all hope waive implies conceding or forgoing with little or no compulsion. waived the right to a trial by jury

Examples of waive in a Sentence

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

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The agreement will also see certain financial advisers at Weinstein Co. waive $1 million in fees relating to the transaction, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Weinstein Co. Agrees to Deal With Unsecured Creditors, Setting Up Sale to Lantern Capital," 6 July 2018 In 2013, Pope Francis cleared two of the 20th Century’s most influential popes to become saints in the Roman Catholic church, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 5 July 2018 This measure entails permanently waiving an annual penalty on 11.3 billion euros of loans that were extended in 2012 to refinance a debt buyback operation then. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "Greek Debt Talks: the Main Relief Measures Being Considered," 18 June 2018 Rivera, 31, and Dorsey, 34, will share joint custody and have waived spousal support. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Glee's Naya Rivera Finalizes Divorce from Ryan Dorsey 6 Months After She Allegedly Assaulted Him," 14 June 2018 By hosting a top official from the North — whose trip to New York and Washington required waiving a travel ban against him -- Mr. Trump has provided an early public relations victory for an isolated government eager for international recognition. CBS News, "Trump hints at longer path for North Korea to denuke," 2 June 2018 Unable to trade him, the Kings agreed to a buyout and waived Hickson on March 19, 2012. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Protected picks, trades and cash: How Kings indirectly helped Jordan Bell become a Warrior," 1 June 2018 The judges wrote in their opinion there was no indication Morgan waived his right to counsel. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Convicted killer must return to court for re-sentencing, appeals court rules," 30 May 2018 There was no prospect of them ever waiving their right to the tenant’s rent. Joseph O’neill, The New Yorker, "The First World," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of waive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waive

Middle English weiven to decline, reject, give up, from Anglo-French waiver, gaiver, from waif lost, stray — more at waif

Anglo-French waiver weiver, literally to abandon, forsake, from waif weif forlorn, stray, probably from Old Norse veif something loose or flapping

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English Language Learners 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


\ˈwāv \
waived; waiving

Kids Definition of waive

: to give up claim to

\ˈwāv \
waived; waiving

Legal Definition of waive 

1 : to relinquish (as a right or privilege) voluntarily and intentionally the defendant waived a felony hearing on the chargeNational Law Journal — compare forfeit, reserve

2 : to refrain from enforcing or requiring some statutes waive the age requirement— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

Other Words from waive

waivable adjective

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