transitive verb (waived; waiving) Etymology: Middle English weiven to decline, reject, give up, from Anglo-French waiver, gaiver, from waif lost, stray — more at waif Date: 14th century 1. archaic give up, forsake 2. to throw away (stolen goods) 3. archaic to shunt aside (as a danger or duty) ; evade 4. a. to relinquish voluntarily (as a legal right) <
waive a jury trial
b. to refrain from pressing or enforcing (as a claim or rule) ; forgo <
waive the fee
5. to put off from immediate consideration ; postpone 6. [influenced by wave (I)] to dismiss with or as if with a wave of the hand <
waived the problem aside
7. to place (a ball player) on waivers; also to release after placing on waivers Synonyms: see relinquish

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • waive — / wāv/ vt waived, waiv·ing [Anglo French waiver weiver, literally to abandon, forsake, from waif weif forlorn, stray, probably from Old Norse veif something loose or flapping] 1: to relinquish (as a right or privilege) voluntarily and… …   Law dictionary

  • waive — [weɪv] verb [transitive] LAW to state officially that a right, rule etc can be ignored in a particular case: • The government has waived restrictions on dealing in foreign currencies. • American Express offered to waive fees for additional cards… …   Financial and business terms

  • Waive — Waive, n. [See {Waive}, v. t. ] 1. A waif; a castaway. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. (O. Eng. Law) A woman put out of the protection of the law. See {Waive}, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Waive — Waive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waiving}.] [OE. waiven, weiven, to set aside, remove, OF. weyver, quesver, to waive, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. veifa to wave, to vibrate, akin to Skr. vip to tremble. Cf. {Vibrate}, {Waif}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waive — means ‘to give up (a right or claim) voluntarily’, as in waiving an immunity or waiving formalities. It is not formally confused with the more familiar verb wave except in phrasal verbs such as waive aside and waive away (= to put aside as if… …   Modern English usage

  • Waive — Waive, v. i. To turn aside; to recede. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To waive from the word of Solomon. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waive — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. weyver to abandon, waive, O.Fr. weyver, guever to abandon, give back, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to O.N. veifa to swing about, from P.Gmc. *waibijanan (see WAIF (Cf. waif)). In Middle English legal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • waive — [weıv] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old North French; Origin: weyver, from waif; WAIF] to state officially that a right, rule etc can be ignored ▪ She waived her right to a lawyer …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • waive — [ weıv ] verb transitive to choose to officially ignore a rule, right, or claim: The defendant has waived his right to a jury trial. Museum entrance fees have been waived (=not charged) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • waive — cede, yield, resign, abandon, surrender, *relinquish, leave Analogous words: *forgo, forbear, sacrifice: concede, *grant, allow Contrasted words: *demand, claim, require, exact: assert, *maintain, defend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waive — [v] give up; let go abandon, allow, cede, defer, delay, disclaim, disown, dispense with, forgo, grant, hand over, hold off, hold up, leave, neglect, postpone, prorogue, put off, refrain from, reject, relinquish, remit, remove, renege, renounce,… …   New thesaurus

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