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
Saban lost a defensive back, Maurice Smith, last year to Georgia after the SEC agreed to waive two of its bylaws.
In his ruling, Berman said Zarrab appeared to be fully aware of Giuliani’s and Mukasey’s potential conflicts and clearly waived his concerns.
For example, Mr. Trump has publicly disclosed information about his conversations with Mr. Comey, so a judge could deem Mr. Trump to have waived his ability to claim that other parts of those talks must remain secret.
A new deal now calls for granting ECS a 99-year license and waiving forest preserve license fees of $542,700.
The 50-year-old teacher waived the right to make the plea in person at an arraignment scheduled for Thursday.
With Sanchez’s setback, the Bears changed course on their original plans to waive quarterback Connor Shaw.
A Senate committee is scheduled on Tuesday to hear a bill that would allow judges to waive the birth certificate requirement.
Conviction could carry life in prison because, in consideration of his youth, the Pentagon waived an option to seek the death penalty.
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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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