An example of waive is when you sign a release of liability after a car accident settlement agreeing not to sue.
An example of waive is when you let someone avoid fees.
Let's waive our discussion of that problem.
Origin of waive
- Middle English weiven to abandon from Anglo-Norman weyver from waif ownerless property waif1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English weyven, from Old Norse veifa (“to wave, swing") (Norwegian veiva), from Proto-Germanic *waibijanÄ….
- Middle English weyven, from Anglo-Norman weyver (“to abandon, allow to become a waif"), from weyf (“waif").
- From Anglo-Norman waive, probably as the past participle of weyver, as Etymology 1, above.
- Variant forms.