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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.
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 for waived
  • If they're doing something illegal, all of their rights should be waived.
  • The professor would happily have waived the royalties due him but found that his publisher would not waive its fees.
  • Often, if you already have insurance, the preexisting condition exclusion is waived.
  • So it is illegal unless students have legally waived that right.
  • Offer them waived application fees, and then watch the pre-denied applications roll in.
  • Corporate income taxes too could be made progressive and waived until a certain annual profit threshold were reached.
  • Core courses can be waived by exam and replaced with electives.
  • The government claims these will work out cheaper, partly because import tariffs will be waived.
  • They even waived the late fees and penalties, and then walked me through the process of registering the lien properly.
  • But the guideline applies only to new spacecraft and can be waived if other considerations prevail.
British Dictionary definitions for waived


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 waived
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. weyver "to abandon, waive," O.Fr. weyver, guever "to abandon, give back," probably from a Scand. source akin to O.N. veifa "to swing about," from P.Gmc. *waibijanan (see waif). In M.E. legal language, used of rights, goods, or women. Waiver "act of waiving" is from 1628 (modern usage is often short for waiver clause); baseball waivers is recorded from 1907.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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