[ weyv ]
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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.

  1. to put aside for the time; defer; dispense with: to waive formalities.

  2. to put aside or dismiss from consideration or discussion: waiving my attempts to explain.

Origin of waive

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English weyven, from Anglo-French weyver “to make a homeless child (of someone) by forsaking or outlawing (that person)”; see waif

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/ (weɪv) /

  1. to set aside or relinquish: to waive one's right to something

  2. to refrain from enforcing (a claim) or applying (a law, penalty, etc)

  1. to defer

Origin of waive

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

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