waive

[ weyv ]
/ weɪv /

verb (used with object), waived, waiv·ing.

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.

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Origin of waive

1250–1300; Middle English weyven < Anglo-French weyver to make a waif (of someone) by forsaking or outlawing (him or her)

OTHER WORDS FROM waive

un·waived, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH waive

waive wave
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British Dictionary definitions for waive

waive
/ (weɪv) /

verb (tr)

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 for waive

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