Definition of waive in English:

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Pronunciation: /wāv/


[with object]
1Refrain from insisting on or using (a right or claim): he will waive all rights to the money
More example sentences
  • Before that could go ahead, she had to sign legal documents waiving any right of recompense should the surgery go wrong.
  • He said he would waive claims against the government if the authorities agreed to this figure.
  • The Duke spares Shylock's life and offers to waive the state's claim to half Shylock's wealth, requiring only a fine.
relinquish, renounce, give up, abandon, surrender, cede, sign away, yield, reject, dispense with, abdicate, sacrifice, refuse, turn down, spurn
1.1Refrain from applying or enforcing (a rule, restriction, or fee): her tuition fees would be waived
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  • 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 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


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'.

Words that rhyme with waive

behave, brave, Cave, clave, concave, crave, Dave, deprave, engrave, enslave, fave, forgave, gave, grave, knave, lave, Maeve, misbehave, misgave, nave, outbrave, pave, rave, save, shave, shortwave, slave, stave, they've, wave

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