halfway

[ haf-wey, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˈweɪ, ˈhɑf- /

adverb

to half the distance; to midpoint: The rope reaches only halfway.
almost; nearly; just about: He halfway surrendered to their demands.

adjective

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

Idioms

    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.

Origin of halfway

First recorded in 1350–1400, halfway is from the Middle English word half wei. See half, way1
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British Dictionary definitions for halfway

halfway

/ (ˌhɑːfˈweɪ) /

adverb, adjective

at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
in or of an incomplete manner or nature
meet halfway to compromise with
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Word Origin and History for halfway

halfway


also half-way, Old English healfweg; see half + way. Halfway house originally was a common name for inns midway between cities or stages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with halfway

halfway


see go halfway.

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