To waive is to give up one's right to do something. If you waive your right to help name your family's new puppy, you can't complain if he ends up being called "Mr. Tinkerbell Sweetheart Lovey-Face."

Waive comes from a Middle English word meaning to abandon; the word waif, which refers to a neglected or orphaned child, shares the same root. However, while abandoning a child on a street corner is not okay, waiving one's right to do something is in most cases perfectly acceptable. A document stating one's decision to give up one's rights is appropriately called a waiver.

Definitions of waive
  1. verb
    do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  2. verb
    lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime
    synonyms: forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard
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    arrogate, claim, lay claim
    demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
    claim, take
    lay claim to; as of an idea
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    let slip
    type of:
    forsake, leave behind
Commonly confused words

wave / waive

To wave is to move to and fro, like when you wave your hand. Hello there! To waive, with a sneaky "i," is to give up your right to do something.

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