- 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
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- to set aside or relinquishto waive one's right to something
- to refrain from enforcing (a claim) or applying (a law, penalty, etc)
- to defer
Word Origin and History for unwaived
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.