- 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 waiving
By waiving his right to a hearing on Tuesday, the ex-coach spared his alleged victims the pain of testifying.Sandusky Should Plead Guilty If He Wants a Shot at Redemption
December 13, 2011
So far, and waiving their use to himself, a clockmaker could have made a better pair.Little Dorrit
"That's exactly what's in my mind," agreed Diana, waiving the question of the colours.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
Paul took his extended hand, waiving the pro79ferred explanation.The Orchard of Tears
"For the good of the cause," he said, waiving away the proffered change.Marjorie's Busy Days
Waiving this however, the term is objectionable on other grounds.
- 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 waiving
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.