Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you waive something.)
When you waive something, you get rid of it so that you're not thinking about it or talking about it anymore.
How to use it:
You only waive abstract things, not concrete things. That is, you can waive your rights (give them up), waive someone's offer to help you (ignore it or say no to it), waive formalities (decide not to do the formal stuff), waive somebody's objections (ignore them), waive a test (make it so that somebody doesn't have to take the test), waive a charge or fee (make it so that somebody doesn't have to pay that charge or fee), and so on. You wouldn't use literal objects with this word: you don't waive bananas or waive cameras, for instance.
Airlines generally waive the ticket fares for babies who ride on their parents' laps, a fair policy considering the babies don't get their own seats.
Having waived the symptoms of her overwork and stress all year, Tiffany eventually suffered a mental breakdown.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "waive" means when you can explain it without saying "ignore" or "give up."
Think of the last time you ignored or dismissed someone's advice, opinions, comments, or suggestions, and fill in the blanks: “I waived (someone's) (advice/opinion/comment on something or suggestion to do something), knowing that _____.”
Example: “I waived Dad's well-intentioned advice to gain weight, knowing that I feel my best in my current size.”
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"back" + "carry" = ?
Try this one today:
“together” + “touch” + “full of” = ?
A Point Well Made:
Mahatma Gandhi: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
1. The opposite of WAIVE is
A. STRAIGHT LINE
2. Waiving our arguments about the date for the test, the teacher _____.
A. asked us to explain our objections in more detail.
B. scheduled it for the first day back after vacation anyway.
C. adjusted it to accommodate our concerns.
Answers are below.
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