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[weyv] /weɪv/
verb (used with object), waived, waiving.
to refrain from claiming or insisting on; give up; forgo:
to waive one's right; to waive one's rank; to waive honors.
Law. to relinquish (a known right, interest, etc.) intentionally.
to put aside for the time; defer; postpone; dispense with:
to waive formalities.
to put aside or dismiss from consideration or discussion:
waiving my attempts to explain.
Origin of waive
1250-1300; Middle English weyven < Anglo-French weyver to make a waif (of someone) by forsaking or outlawing (him or her)
Related forms
unwaived, adjective
Can be confused
waive, wave (see synonym study at wave)
wave, waive.
1. resign, renounce, surrender, remit.
1. demand. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waive
  • No ancient right or custom would they waive.
  • Very few universities here will waive tuition for grad students.
  • The state waives tuition, but not fees, for all veterans.
  • Defendant shall waive all nondisclosure and noncompete agreements
  • Either party may waive their opportunity to present a closing argument.
  • His supporters waive off such talk.
  • If there's a storm, airlines often will waive change fees.
  • Many restaurants will reduce or waive the corkage fee for your bottle if you order one of theirs too.
  • If you have health insurance, you immediately waive all of these privacies in order to file any claim.
  • It can also agree to waive the lender's reps and warranties.
British Dictionary definitions for waive


verb (transitive)
to set aside or relinquish: to waive one's right to something
to refrain from enforcing (a claim) or applying (a law, penalty, etc)
to defer
Word Origin
C13: from Old Northern French weyver, from waif abandoned; see waif
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Word Origin and History for waive

c.1300, from Anglo-French weyver "to abandon, waive," Old French weyver, guever "to abandon, give back," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse veifa "to swing about," from Proto-Germanic *waibijanan (see waif). In Middle English legal language, used of rights, goods, or women. Related: Waived; waiving.

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