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[hav, hahv]
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verb (used with object), halved, halv·ing.
  1. to divide into two equal parts.
  2. to share equally: to halve one's rations with a stranger.
  3. to reduce to half.
  4. Golf. to play (a hole, round, or match) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of halve

1250–1300; Middle English halven, derivative of half
Related formsun·halved, adjective
Can be confusedhalve have
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verb (tr)
  1. to divide into two approximately equal parts
  2. to share equally
  3. to reduce by half, as by cutting
  4. golf to take the same number of strokes on (a hole or round) as one's opponent
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Word Origin for halve

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.

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