Definition of waive in English:



  • 1Refrain from insisting on or using (a right or claim)

    ‘he will waive all rights to the money’
    • ‘If you do not demand your rights or if you sign papers waiving your rights, the INS may deport you before you see a lawyer or an immigration judge.’
    • ‘When consumers waive subrogation rights, insurance companies may refuse to pay for that particular incident.’
    • ‘The Duke spares Shylock's life and offers to waive the state's claim to half Shylock's wealth, requiring only a fine.’
    • ‘He said he would waive claims against the government if the authorities agreed to this figure.’
    • ‘The question is, did this man voluntarily waive his rights and give that kind of a statement?’
    • ‘Royal Mail managers are being asked to sign documents which waive that right.’
    • ‘He waived his rights and entered a plea of no contest.’
    • ‘First, she said, ‘to hold a meeting which has as its purpose to disclaim or waive such rights seems to us to be contrary to the goals of WIPO’.’
    • ‘Sources close to the TD say he did not waive his rights to the inheritance.’
    • ‘My lawyer friends unanimously tell me that nothing you sign can waive the rights of another person.’
    • ‘Tracey, 32, who has waived her automatic right to anonymity, said it was only now that she felt strong enough to speak out about her ordeal.’
    • ‘It is almost impossible for anybody to find out how much the companies hold in orphan assets, never mind a fair price for waiving your rights to the money.’
    • ‘Secondly, I find the respondent was fully aware and fully understood that she was waiving any claim for property and support.’
    • ‘By law, reservists receive 12 months downtime between overseas deployments unless they waive that right.’
    • ‘Ms Bonder, married Mr Kerkorian in August 1999 and signed a pre-nuptial agreement waiving any claim to his fortune.’
    • ‘Before that could go ahead, she had to sign legal documents waiving any right of recompense should the surgery go wrong.’
    • ‘Therefore, he waives his rights when he answers the question without invoking the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘But they must agree to waive future rights to compensation for policies that were missold to them.’
    • ‘National Grid was urged today to ‘do the decent thing’ and waive its claim for massive costs from widow Rosalind Craven.’
    • ‘His attorney has said that he waived that right to confidentiality more than a year ago.’
    relinquish, renounce, give up, abandon, reject, surrender, yield, cede, do without, dispense with, put aside, set aside, abdicate, abjure, sacrifice, refuse, turn down, spurn, sign away
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    1. 1.1 Refrain from applying or enforcing (a rule, restriction, or fee)
      ‘her tuition fees would be waived’
      • ‘It's extending deadlines, and changing rules and waiving certain fees for people whose lives have been turned upside down by Katrina.’
      • ‘These exemptions were designed to be applied in cases where there is a compassionate need to waive the rules.’
      • ‘But we will not secure what's left of that tradition by, as one leading tabloid urged the other day, waiving the rules in this particular situation.’
      • ‘Cantor ended uncertainty by saying it will pay performance bonuses at the end of the year to the families of victims, waiving a rule that employees must work to the end of the period.’
      • ‘The five-times gold medal winner also waived a five-figure fee for appearing at the race along the River Dee.’
      • ‘The NSW government is waiving the fee for beekeepers with hives in bushfire-affected areas of state forests and national parks.’
      • ‘Colleges are always ready to consider reducing or waiving the fee, where it would cause hardship to the apprentice or their family.’
      • ‘Both venues waived their fees for the fund-raising shows.’
      • ‘It may be that breaches of clear disciplinary rules are waived with such regularity that an employee is lulled into a false sense of security.’
      • ‘The agency - who waived their fee - worked with the hospice in defining the key message they needed to deliver.’
      • ‘If you say that you will waive rule 6 and allow us to release that information, I will tell the court I have no objection.’
      • ‘Some airlines will also waive fees if a servicemember can present a copy of military orders or a letter from a commander.’
      • ‘Williams declined the president's invitation to speak on November 4, and instead addressed students in October, waiving her fee.’
      • ‘Without those provisions, the referee cannot waive any rule or determine that compliance is not required.’
      • ‘Whether you overslept or had a flat tire, airlines often will waive such fees for passengers who unintentionally miss flights.’
      • ‘The president already has the power to waive environmental rules for national security.’
      • ‘However, Gazette editor Gary Lawrence asked the magistrates to exercise their power to waive the rule.’
      • ‘This fee is usually waived for credit card transactions within the eurozone.’
      • ‘The fee is waived if you spend more than £50,000 a year on the card.’
      • ‘The Oval Room has introduced a BYO Wine Night on Saturday, waiving the corkage fee.’
      disregard, ignore, overlook, set aside, forgo, drop, omit, cast aside, brush aside
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Waive and waiver should not be confused with wave and waver. Waive is a transitive verb that means ‘surrender (a right or claim),’ and waiver is its related noun, meaning ‘an instance of waiving’ or ‘a document recording such waiving’: he waived potential rights in the case by signing the waiver. Wave, as a transitive verb, means ‘move (one's hand, or something in one's hand) to and fro’: she waved the paper to get their attention. Waver is an intransitive verb that means ‘shake with a quivering motion’ or ‘be undecided about two courses of action’: the tall grass wavered silently; at the last minute, he wavered and said he wasn't sure whether he should go


Middle English (originally as a legal term relating to removal of the protection of the law): from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French gaiver ‘allow to become a waif, abandon’.