- 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 waived
The Israeli press reported Tuesday that Pollard waived a parole hearing this week.Israeli Spy Would Accept Release In Mideast Deal
April 1, 2014
Shahzad waived his rights and over two weeks spilled his guts to investigators.Obama’s Turning Point on Detainees
April 23, 2013
When Ortega, now 24, was finally located and taken into police custody on March 26 of this year, he waived his Miranda rights.Central American Gang MS-13 Cuts Swath of Murder and Mayhem Across Long Island
June 3, 2012
Connecticut has not actually executed anyone since Michael Ross, who waived his appeals, was put to death almost seven years ago.Conn. Ends Death Penalty, But Not For 11 Men On Death Row
David R. Dow
April 7, 2012
He was claimed by the Houston Rockets and then waived as well.Jeremy Lin Already a Legend? Reality-Checking the Hype
February 11, 2012
"In this case the usual customs must be waived," he answered, haughtily.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
He is senior to de Robeck but has waived that accident of rank seeing we are at war.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
It may properly be waived where the damage is slight or unavoidable.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Everything he might have waived but that, a clean blow at his own conceit.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Miss Holden had no argument ready, and etiquette was waived.In Happy Valley
- 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 waived
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.