Definition of waive in English:


Syllabification: waive
Pronunciation: /wāv


[with object]
  • 1Refrain from insisting on or using (a right or claim): he will waive all rights to the money
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    • 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


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'.


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 .

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