\ ˈwāv How to pronounce waive (audio) \
waived; waiving

Definition of waive

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to put off from immediate consideration : postpone
3 [ influenced by 1wave ] : to dismiss with or as if with a wave of the hand waived the problem aside
4 : to place (a ball player) on waivers also : to release after placing on waivers
5 : to throw away (stolen goods)
6 archaic : give up, forsake
7 archaic : to shunt aside (a danger or duty) : evade

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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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The event was marketed as nonpartisan, just like President Trump’s event is being advertised, but it was largely overshadowed by anti-war protesters who screamed at speakers and waived the Vietcong flag. NBC News, "Buttigieg rolls out new public service plan," 4 July 2019 Although the service waives the standard delivery and service fees that Uber Eats usually charges, TechCrunch reports that the prices listed in the Uber Eats app sometimes appear to be higher than the prices listed by individual restaurants. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Uber Eats ditches deliveries for in-restaurant dining test," 3 July 2019 Abbie Willenborg, Angel Robinson, Christina Quaye, and Allazia Blockton all were in training camps before getting waived. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-Marquette star Natisha Hiedeman lands with WNBA's Sun," 3 July 2019 Assuming the Warriors waive Shaun Livingston within eight days, the 31-year-old Curry will be the lone player above age 30. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "NBA free agency: How will the Warriors fare with a young roster?," 2 July 2019 Goodyear promised its own incentives, waiving nearly $1 million in plan review and permit fees and reimbursing Nike another $1 million for the jobs created. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Your questions about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Nike and the Goodyear plant deal, answered," 2 July 2019 Meade also said his group will work to get some of those fees and fines waived by courts, a method specifically allowed in the new law. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Amendment 4 backers launch fund to pay ex-felons’ fines as lawsuits move forward," 1 July 2019 The Lakers only achieved that much cap space by unloading the extra players and taking no salary back as well as by Davis waiving his $4 million trade kicker. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "Lakers move 3 players as part of Davis trade; AD waives trade kicker: report," 27 June 2019 Any investments in those zones held for 10 years will see all capital gains taxes on them waived. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "World Trade Center Denver project brings on new partners, poised to break ground this year in RiNo," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of waive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

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

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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 How to pronounce waive (audio) \
waived; waiving

Kids Definition of waive

: to give up claim to
\ ˈwāv How to pronounce waive (audio) \
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

History and Etymology for 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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