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

v do without or cease to hold or adhere to

dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish
give up, kick
stop consuming

v lose (s.th.) or lose the right to (s.th.) by some error, offense, or crime

forego, forfeit, forgo, give up, throw overboard
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

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