\ 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 However, the Pride could still trade or waive any of the players during the offseason. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride retains rights to all 2019 players, but extensive roster moves expected," 5 Nov. 2019 When a municipal judge waived payment for outstanding traffic tickets, Moreno was relieved, at first. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Center addresses need for San Antonio youth to ‘re-engage’ with school, work," 4 Nov. 2019 That bid ended Saturday when the Steelers waived Moncrief after only four catches — an expensive swing and miss in free agency. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 22-14 loss to the Eagles," 4 Nov. 2019 The Titans activated Succop and defensive back Joshua Kalu from injured reserve, and waived kicker Cody Parkey and cornerback Tye Smith. BostonGlobe.com, "to pull out of his Paris Masters semifinal, meaning top-ranked," 3 Nov. 2019 In a span of Labor Day Weekend, Brandon was the No. 3 for the Rams, waived by them and claimed by the Broncos to be their No. 2. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Brandon Allen’s family traces journey to chance to start for Broncos: “He’s been waiting for this moment”," 3 Nov. 2019 The filing this week was Moore’s response to a September filing by Cohen and co-defendants Showtime and CBS seeking to dismiss the lawsuit because Moore signed a consent agreement before appearing on the show that waived all legal claims. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Roy Moore fights to keep $95 million lawsuit against comedian alive," 1 Nov. 2019 Why can’t the U.S. simply waive Scoolas’ diplomatic rights, or the British just look the other way? David Banks, The Conversation, "Why doesn’t the US just send Anne Sacoolas back to the UK? Here’s what’s at stake in this dispute over diplomatic immunity," 1 Nov. 2019 On Wednesday, the Dolphins claimed cornerback Ken Crawley a day after the New Orleans Saints waived the four-year veteran, who has started 23 NFL games. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins claim former Saints cornerback; waive receiver Isaiah Ford," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce waive (audio)

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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