- 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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Examples from the Web for waive
Francis opted to waive the requisite second miracle for John XXIII usually needed for non-martyrs to reach sainthood.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2014
Most of the defendants had been convinced to waive their right to a lawyer.‘Kids for Cash’: Crooked Judge, Damaged Teens, and the Perils of Zero Tolerance
Ronald K. Fried
February 25, 2014
But now Yanukovych has signaled that he refuses to waive even a bit of his power.Ukraine’s Bloody Crackdown Enters Its Third Day
February 19, 2014
Hastert stopped short of saying Boehner should waive the Hastert Rule.Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’: It ‘Never Really Existed’
October 3, 2013
That vote will surely go along party lines, meaning the committee will decide that she did waive them, but so what?The Continuing Fizzle of the IRS Scandal
June 27, 2013
This is not the point before me; but, however, I waive that objection.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
"Well, we can afford to waive it," said counsel, with a superior smile.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
"We might waive the formalities in the interests of justice," purred the Lieutenant.The Strolling Saint
But the urgency that his task dictated caused him to waive the point.The Lion's Skin
Very honorable indeed; but at this moment we must waive a punctilio.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- 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 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.