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.

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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Examples from the Web for waived

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Historical Examples of waived

  • "In this case the usual customs must be waived," he answered, haughtily.

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    Laura Jean Libbey

  • He is senior to de Robeck but has waived that accident of rank seeing we are at war.

  • It may properly be waived where the damage is slight or unavoidable.

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    Ainsworth Rand Spofford

  • Everything he might have waived but that, a clean blow at his own conceit.

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    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Miss Holden had no argument ready, and etiquette was waived.

British Dictionary definitions for waived


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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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.

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