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Syllabification: waive
Pronunciation: /wāv

Definition of waive in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • 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 meanssurrender (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, meansmove (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 meansshake 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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