\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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He was traded to the Rockets in 2013, and was soon after waived by the team. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Former Rockets player dead after SWAT standoff," 8 July 2018 Stone’s contract is non-guaranteed, meaning he could be waived. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls to trade Jerian Grant, get guard Julyan Stone in three-team trade," 7 July 2018 The payment requirement was also in place during the Obama administration, though in 2016, when a surge of families crossing the border created large populations in migrant shelters, it was waived. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Sponsors of Migrant Children Face Steep Transport Fees and Red Tape," 1 July 2018 The payment requirement was also in place during the Obama administration, although it was waived in 2016 when a surge of families crossing the border created large populations in migrant shelters. Miriam Jordan, BostonGlobe.com, "Sponsors of migrant children face steep transport fees and red tape," 1 July 2018 Pondexter, 35, sought more playing time, and takes over the spot of rookie guard Hind Ben Abdelkader, who was waived. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever add two-time WNBA champion Cappie Pondexter," 1 July 2018 Well Tuesday, less than a week later, his claim from the Dodgers was waived off by the Mets. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Baseball Player Sends Out Perfect Tweet in Response to Team Moves," 6 June 2018 Receiver Thomas Sperbeck signed with the Buccaneers on April 17, but was waived with an injury April 23. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Former Boise State tight end Jake Roh cut by Falcons; new ticket option for Bronco fans," 4 June 2018 There is some precedent for waiving the fees, Greenberg said. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 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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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

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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something that serves to warn or remind

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