\ 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 wave entry 1] : 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 council also expressed willingness to waive at least 50% of any permitting fees Griffith Public Schools would need to pay for its projects this year. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "After a year, Griffith brings back golf cart ordinance," 22 Apr. 2021 In 2008, state lawmakers voted to waive those limits in select areas like collecting state fees. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington Republicans make last-ditch effort to curb Inslee's emergency powers," 19 Apr. 2021 This test may also be necessary to waive the mandatory quarantine at a destination like Hawaii. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, "CDC Guidelines For Returning To Work After Travel," 19 Apr. 2021 Four members of the Stonecrest City Council voted Monday to waive attorney-client privilege on the report, which will allow the public to read the document. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "BREAKING: Senator calls on Gov. Kemp to remove Stonecrest mayor from office," 12 Apr. 2021 And though states like Maryland, Delaware and Arkansas recently passed legislation to temporarily waive state income tax on jobless benefits, no such waiver is in place in Kentucky, meaning benefits received last year are subject to state taxation. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "From unemployment to new deadlines, here are some tax changes every Kentuckian should know," 23 Mar. 2021 Another option discussed in economic policy circles and advocated by the law professorGalle and Elizabeth Pancotti of Employ America, would be for Biden’s Treasury Department to simply waive taxes on most of the unemployment payments in 2020. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, "America’s jobless owe thousands of dollars in taxes on their unemployment," 2 Mar. 2021 While Hilton Honors, World of Hyatt, and Wyndham Rewards generally waive these fees on award stays, Marriott and IHG do not. Eric Rosen, Travel + Leisure, "15 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Redeeming Hotel Points," 27 Feb. 2021 Another option discussed in economic policy circles and advocated by the law professor Galle and Elizabeth Pancotti of Employ America would be for Biden’s Treasury Department to simply waive taxes on most of the unemployment payments in 2020. Washington Post, "‘It just sucks’: America’s jobless owe thousands of dollars in taxes on their unemployment," 16 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of waive was in the 14th century

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“Waive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waive. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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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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