from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give up (a claim or right) voluntarily; relinquish. See Synonyms at relinquish.
  • transitive v. To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule or penalty, for example); dispense with: "The original ban on private trading had long since been waived” ( William L. Schurz).
  • transitive v. To put aside or off temporarily; defer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman put out of the protection of the law; an outlawed woman.
  • n. Obsolete form of waif.
  • v. To outlaw (someone).
  • v. To abandon, give up (someone or something).
  • v. To relinquish (a right etc.); to give up claim to; to forego.
  • v. To put aside, avoid.
  • v. To move from side to side; to sway.
  • v. To stray, wander.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A waif; a castaway.
  • n. A woman put out of the protection of the law. See Waive, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note.
  • intransitive v. To turn aside; to recede.
  • transitive v. To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego.
  • transitive v. To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right which one may enforce if he chooses.
  • transitive v. To desert; to abandon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To refuse; forsake; decline; shun.
  • To move; remove; push aside.
  • To relinquish; forsake; forbear to insist on or claim; defer for the present; forgo: as, to waive a subject; to waive a claim or privilege.
  • In law:
  • To relinquish intentionally (a known right), or intentionally to do an act inconsistent with claiming (it). See waiver.
  • To throw away, as a thief stolen goods in his flight.
  • In old English law, to put out of the protection of the law, as a woman.
  • To depart; deviate.
  • n. A waif; a poor homeless wretch; a castaway.
  • n. In law, a woman put out of the protection of the law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. do without or cease to hold or adhere to
  • v. lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime


Middle English weiven, to abandon, from Anglo-Norman weyver, from waif, ownerless property; see waif1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English weyven, from Anglo-Norman weyver ("to abandon, allow to become a waif"), from weyf ("waif"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English weyven, from Old Norse veifa ("to wave, swing") (Norwegian veiva), from Proto-Germanic *waibijanan. (Wiktionary)
From Anglo-Norman waive, probably as the past participle of weyver, as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
Variant forms. (Wiktionary)


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  • here used in the sense of moving 'to and fro'

    March 8, 2010