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Meaning of WAIVE

Pronunciation:  weyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lose or lose the right to by some error, offense, or crime
  2. [v]  do without or cease to hold or adhere to; "We are dispensing with formalities"; "relinquish the old ideas"

WAIVE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: dispense with, foreswear, forfeit, forgo, forgo, give up, relinquish, throw overboard
 Antonyms: arrogate, claim, lay claim
 See Also: abandon, lapse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Waive\, n. [See {Waive}, v. t. ]
    1. A waif; a castaway. [Obs.] --Donne.
    2. (O. Eng. Law) A woman put out of the protection of the
       law. See {Waive}, v. t., 3
       (b), and the Note.
  2. \Waive\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waived}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Waiving}.] [OE. waiven, weiven, to set aside, remove, OF.
    weyver, quesver, to waive, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. veifa
    to wave, to vibrate, akin to Skr. vip to tremble. Cf.
    {Vibrate}, {Waif}.] [Written also {wave}.]
    1. To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or
       claim; to refuse; to forego.
             He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all.  --Chaucer.
             We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions,
             absolutely yielding to the direction of others.
    2. To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
    3. (Law)
       (a) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right
           which one may enforce if he chooses.
       (b) (O. Eng. Law) To desert; to abandon. --Burrill.
    Note: The term was applied to a woman, in the same sense as
          outlaw to a man. A woman could not be outlawed, in the
          proper sense of the word, because, according to
          Bracton, she was never in law, that is, in a
          frankpledge or decennary; but she might be waived, and
          held as abandoned. --Burrill.
  3. \Waive\, v. i.
    To turn aside; to recede. [Obs.]
          To waive from the word of Solomon.       --Chaucer.