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[ haf-wey, hahf- ]


  1. to half the distance; to midpoint:

    The rope reaches only halfway.

  2. almost; nearly; just about:

    He halfway surrendered to their demands.


  1. midway, as between two places or points.
  2. going to or covering only half or part of the full extent:

    halfway measures.


/ ˌhɑːfˈweɪ /


  1. at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
  2. in or of an incomplete manner or nature
  3. meet halfway
    to compromise with

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Word History and Origins

Origin of halfway1

First recorded in 1350–1400, halfway is from Middle English half wei. See half, way 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to:

    They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.

More idioms and phrases containing halfway

see go halfway .

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Example Sentences

It did occur to me that a single misstep could leave me broken and bloody on the rocks below, but I was now halfway up and my pride was on the line.

The project, replacing deteriorating platforms at 20 stations, is more than halfway complete.

Combine it with the ingenious gift of a bag of frozen tater tots and you’re halfway to having someone else make you actual hot dish, the greatest gift of all.

From Eater

We estimated a median police salary for a typical officer by filtering pension data to find the base salaries of officers with 10 years on the job, that is, those who were halfway through a 20-year career.

Fill the ramekin halfway with batter, add 1 tablespoon of the ganache and then cover with the rest of the batter.

I meet Otis J. the night he arrives at “The Castle,” a West Harlem halfway house for newly-released convicts.

Halfway through his second term, Johnson has enjoyed a charmed life.

The likes of Coffman are “probably” already halfway wards of the state anyhow.

Flying an Ebola patient halfway across the world is a difficult undertaking, to say the least.

It ends up halfway around the world, then back in New York.

Being only halfway in control of his own planetary system was no state to be found in by the first interstellar visitors.

Wentworth rang up from his rooms; they're probably halfway through lunch by now, and they'll be round in ten minutes.

From where he sat, both figures were above him, sheltered halfway up the long sliding slope.

The Black Hood took a couple of strides and then leaped from halfway down the steps.

They leaned against the ladders easily about halfway up, their fluffy short hair gleaming in the sun.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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