tr.v. waived, waiv·ing, waives
1. To give up (a claim or right, for example) voluntarily; relinquish. See Synonyms at relinquish.
2. To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule, penalty, or requirement, for example); dispense with: "The original ban on private trading had long since been waived" (William L. Schurz).
3. To refrain from engaging in, sometimes temporarily; cancel or postpone: Let's waive our discussion of that problem.
4. Sports To place (a player) on waivers.
[Middle English weiven, to abandon, from Anglo-Norman weyver, from waif, ownerless property; see WAIF1.]
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