halfway house


noun

an inn or stopping place situated approximately midway between two places on a road.
any place considered as midway in a course.
a residence for former mental patients, convicts, or recovering drug users or alcoholics that serves as a transitional environment between confinement and the return to society.

Nearby words

  1. halfpennyworth,
  2. halfsies,
  3. halftime,
  4. halftone,
  5. halfway,
  6. halfwit,
  7. hali-,
  8. halibut,
  9. halicarnassian,
  10. halicarnassus

Origin of halfway house

First recorded in 1685–95

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British Dictionary definitions for halfway house

halfway house

noun

a place to rest midway on a journey
the halfway point in any progression
a centre or hostel designed to facilitate the readjustment to private life of released prisoners, mental patients, etc
British a compromisea halfway house between fixed and floating exchange rates
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Medicine definitions for halfway house

halfway house

[hăf]

n.

A rehabilitation facility for individuals, such as mental patients or substance abusers, who no longer require the complete facilities of a hospital or other institution but who are not yet prepared to return to their communities.

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