halve

[ hav, hahv ]
/ hæv, hɑv /

verb (used with object), halved, halv·ing.

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.

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Idioms for halve

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM halve

un·halved, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH halve

halve have
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British Dictionary definitions for halve

halve
/ (hɑːv) /

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for halve

Old English hielfan; related to Middle High German helben; see half
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