Definition of waive
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 trialb : 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
Examples of waive in a Sentence
She waived her right to a lawyer.
The university waives the application fee for low-income students.
Recent Examples of waive from the Web
A promise to waive farmers’ debts helped the BJP to an electoral victory in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, in March.
Lash convinced his doctor to waive his chemotherapy treatment this month for Comic-Con and intends to be at the booth every day.
States would also still retain the ability to waive certain essential benefits from otherwise qualifying plans.
Even Wells Fargo banned customers from filing class-action lawsuits against it during the height of its sales practices problems, until pressure from politicians and outside groups led the bank to waive that right earlier this year.
Typically, the company’s agreement with the rental car agency stipulates no young driver fee, so it’ll be waived.
In the past few years, more life insurers have been waiving requirements for blood and urine samples when selling life insurance.
Terry G. Williams, 55, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City after waiving his right to a grand jury.
And for women living in states that waive the requirements, maternity coverage could become that much more expensive.
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Synonym Discussion of waive
WAIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waive for English Language Learners
: to officially say that you will not use or require something that you are allowed to have or that is usually required
WAIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of waive for Students
: to give up claim to
Legal Definition of waive
Origin and Etymology of waive
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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