waive

verb
\ ˈwāv How to pronounce waive (audio) \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Generously, the airline is allowing you to fly somewhere else instead, waiving the change fee. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hurricane Florence Will Mess With Your Travel Plans," 13 Sep. 2018 The rescue may waive the fee if the owner faces financial hardship. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Arizona U-Haul billionaire dumps 7 sick rottweilers on dog rescue in Gilbert," 26 June 2018 The Spurs signed him and then waived him in the span of a week. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Raptors Traded for One Most Valuable Player and Got Two," 2 Jan. 2019 Jun Michael Park for Vox Update: After this story was published on June 28, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital agreed to waive the $15,666 trauma response fee charged for Park Jeong-whan’s visit to the hospital. Jenny Gold, Vox, "A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. His parents received an $18,000 bill.," 20 July 2018 The Magic invited him to training camp but waived him in October before Lakeland added him. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Troy Caupain fills another NBA Summer League stat sheet for Orlando Magic," 13 July 2018 Based on the reported size of the buyout Dwight Howard agreed to with the Brooklyn Nets, the Charlotte Hornets’ decision to trade Howard, rather than waive him, looked additionally questionable Saturday. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "If Dwight Howard accepted a $5 million buyout, did Charlotte Hornets make right move?," 7 July 2018 Sportando reported the former Indiana Pacers center and 14-year NBA veteran signed a deal with the CBA squad after the Pacers waived him earlier this month. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Al Jefferson reportedly to play in China with CBA's Xinjiang Flying Tigers," 7 July 2018 The Thunder will look to either trade the 34-year-old or waive him and use the stretch provision, which would allow the team to spread out his payments over the next three years and save up to $94 million in taxes. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Where should Carmelo Anthony go next?," 6 July 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

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More Definitions for waive

waive

verb

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

waive

verb
\ 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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