- to divide into two equal parts.
- to share equally: to halve one's rations with a stranger.
- to reduce to half.
- Golf. to play (a hole, round, or match) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent.
- halve together, to join (two pieces of wood) by cutting from one, at the place of joining, a portion fitting to that left solid in the other.
Origin of halve
1250–1300; Middle English halven, derivative of half
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Examples from the Web for halve
The company is shedding 5,400 of its 63,500 employees and taking a number of charges that will halve its quarterly profits.American Express Charges Backward, Laying Off 5,400
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Halve that again, just because the numbers seem so absurd, and vampires are worth $62.5 million each October.Gross Vampire Product
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He used to give her peanuts when he was in short jackets, and she used to halve her candies with him.The Incomplete Amorist
One's for you, both if you like; or we can halve them, and taste each of them.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Pare thin and halve four pounds of apricots, put them in a dish, and strew among them three pounds of fine loaf-sugar powdered.
Of the next seven holes I managed to win three and halve two.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
To his suggestion that they should, at any rate, halve the load, Lindela laughed in scorn.The Sign of the Spider
- to divide into two approximately equal parts
- to share equally
- to reduce by half, as by cutting
- golf to take the same number of strokes on (a hole or round) as one's opponent
Old English hielfan; related to Middle High German helben; see half
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Word Origin and History for halve
c.1200, halfen "to divide in halves;" see half. Meaning "to reduce by half" is from c.1400. Related: Halved; halving.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper