verb (used with object), waived, waiv·ing.
  1. to refrain from claiming or insisting on; give up; forgo: to waive one's right; to waive one's rank; to waive honors.
  2. Law. to relinquish (a known right, interest, etc.) intentionally.
  3. to put aside for the time; defer; postpone; dispense with: to waive formalities.
  4. 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 formsun·waived, adjective
Can be confusedwaive wave

Synonyms for waive

Antonyms for waive

1. demand.
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British Dictionary definitions for unwaived


verb (tr)
  1. to set aside or relinquishto waive one's right to something
  2. to refrain from enforcing (a claim) or applying (a law, penalty, etc)
  3. to defer

Word Origin for waive

C13: from Old Northern French weyver, from waif abandoned; see waif
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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.

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