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 WebThe suspect appeared before a judge Monday afternoon and through his public attorney waived his right to a speedy trial.—Alex Stone, ABC News, 5 Dec. 2023 The Biden administration quietly reversed a Trump administration ruling, granting a offshore wind developer's request to waive a significant fee.—Fox News, 1 Dec. 2023 The City Council approved a resolution at its Nov. 13 meeting to waive competitive bidding to purchase the equipment for the park for almost $201,000 from ACS Playground.—Lynn Kutter, arkansasonline.com, 28 Nov. 2023 Customers are charged $5.99 for either shipping or same-day delivery, a fee that is waived for orders of $35 or more.—Liz Young, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 The story moved President Reagan, propelling the federal government to allow states to waive some Medicaid requirements so that people could get services in their homes instead of institutions.—Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Another option is to place a pick up or delivery order, especially at stores where the fee is waived.—Madison Medeiros, Parents, 23 Oct. 2023 The judge ruled in Bal’s favor, and the debt was waived.—Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 George Santos’ Ex-Campaign Treasurer to Plead Guilty to Felony as Congressman Faces His Own Federal Indictment
Miele's guilty plea comes weeks after a former campaign treasurer for Santos, Nancy Marks, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to conspiring with a Congressional candidate to defraud.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English weiven to decline, reject, give up, from Anglo-French waiver, gaiver, from waif lost, stray — more at waif