Definition of waive in English:



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

    ‘he will waive all 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When consumers waive subrogation rights, insurance companies may refuse to pay for that particular incident.’
    • ‘Before that could go ahead, she had to sign legal documents waiving any right of recompense should the surgery go wrong.’
    • ‘My lawyer friends unanimously tell me that nothing you sign can waive the rights of another person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘National Grid was urged today to ‘do the decent thing’ and waive its claim for massive costs from widow Rosalind Craven.’
    • ‘Ms Bonder, married Mr Kerkorian in August 1999 and signed a pre-nuptial agreement waiving any claim to his fortune.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Royal Mail managers are being asked to sign documents which waive that right.’
    • ‘But they must agree to waive future rights to compensation for policies that were missold to them.’
    • ‘He waived his rights and entered a plea of no contest.’
    • ‘His attorney has said that he waived that right to confidentiality more than a year ago.’
    • ‘Therefore, he waives his rights when he answers the question without invoking the Fifth Amendment.’
    • ‘He said he would waive claims against the government if the authorities agreed to this figure.’
    • ‘By law, reservists receive 12 months downtime between overseas deployments unless they waive that right.’
    • ‘The Duke spares Shylock's life and offers to waive the state's claim to half Shylock's wealth, requiring only a fine.’
    • ‘The question is, did this man voluntarily waive his rights and give that kind of a statement?’
    • ‘Sources close to the TD say he did not waive his rights to the inheritance.’
    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 demanding compliance with (a rule or fee)
      ‘her tuition fees would be waived’
      • ‘However, Gazette editor Gary Lawrence asked the magistrates to exercise their power to waive the rule.’
      • ‘Both venues waived their fees for the fund-raising shows.’
      • ‘The five-times gold medal winner also waived a five-figure fee for appearing at the race along the River Dee.’
      • ‘These exemptions were designed to be applied in cases where there is a compassionate need to waive the rules.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Williams declined the president's invitation to speak on November 4, and instead addressed students in October, waiving her fee.’
      • ‘The fee is waived if you spend more than £50,000 a year on the card.’
      • ‘Some airlines will also waive fees if a servicemember can present a copy of military orders or a letter from a commander.’
      • ‘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 agency - who waived their fee - worked with the hospice in defining the key message they needed to deliver.’
      • ‘The president already has the power to waive environmental rules for national security.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whether you overslept or had a flat tire, airlines often will waive such fees for passengers who unintentionally miss flights.’
      • ‘It's extending deadlines, and changing rules and waiving certain fees for people whose lives have been turned upside down by Katrina.’
      • ‘This fee is usually waived for credit card transactions within the eurozone.’
      • ‘Colleges are always ready to consider reducing or waiving the fee, where it would cause hardship to the apprentice or their family.’
      • ‘The Oval Room has introduced a BYO Wine Night on Saturday, waiving the corkage fee.’
      • ‘The NSW government is waiving the fee for beekeepers with hives in bushfire-affected areas of state forests and national parks.’
      • ‘Without those provisions, the referee cannot waive any rule or determine that compliance is not required.’
      disregard, ignore, overlook, set aside, forgo, drop, omit, cast aside, brush aside
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Waive is sometimes confused with wave. Waive means ‘refrain from insisting on or demanding’, as in he will waive all rights to the money or her fees would be waived, whereas the much more common word wave means ‘move to and fro’. A waiver is a document recording that a right or claim has been waived, whereas to waver is to move in a quivering way or be undecided between two alternatives


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’.