\ 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 For example, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 left many unemployed in several Gulf states, therefore time limits and work requirements on SNAP benefits were waived. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "How Trump's New Food Stamp Rule Could Impact Nearly 700,000 Vulnerable Americans," 6 Dec. 2019 The protesters aligned with parties had marched to Tahrir earlier that day, mostly young men clad in black and waiving Iraqi flags. BostonGlobe.com, "Parliament was scheduled to meet Thursday to amend laws governing compensation to include victims of security operations and vote on changes to the structure of Iraq’s electoral commission, the body that oversees polls across the country, according to two lawmakers in attendance.," 5 Dec. 2019 The charges against Han and Oliver were filed in a criminal information, a charging document that in a felony case typically indicates a defendant has waived indictment and has agreed instead to plead guilty. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Former Outcome Health employees plead not guilty to felony charges in alleged $1 billion scheme to defraud pharma clients," 5 Dec. 2019 The Patriots currently don't have an active kicker on the roster, having waived Kai Forbath after one game and losing Nick Folk to an appendectomy. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "5 things you should know about Colts kicker Chase McLaughlin," 5 Dec. 2019 The new rule would limit states from waiving those standards, instead restricting their use to those areas that have a 6 percent unemployment rate or higher. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Nearly 700,000 will lose food stamps with USDA work requirement change," 4 Dec. 2019 The other players with Alabama football roots involved in Tuesday transactions included: · Wide receiver Gehrig Dieter (Alabama) was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "New York Jets place C.J. Mosley on injured reserve," 4 Dec. 2019 The Magic waived Mozgov in July and stretched his $16.7 million salary, meaning the team would take a cap hit of nearly $5.6 million over three consecutive seasons starting with 2019-20. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic receive cap relief as NBA clears remaining salary of Timofey Mozgov," 28 Nov. 2019 In the preseason, Mannion beat out Kyle Sloter, who was waived after not getting into a game in his first two seasons. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings backup QB Sean Mannion eyes a starting role somewhere at some point," 28 Nov. 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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“Waive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiving. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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