[hav, hahv]

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.


    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
Related formsun·halved, adjective
Can be confusedhalve have
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Contemporary Examples of halve

  • The company is shedding 5,400 of its 63,500 employees and taking a number of charges that will halve its quarterly profits.

  • Halve that again, just because the numbers seem so absurd, and vampires are worth $62.5 million each October.

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Historical Examples of halve

British Dictionary definitions for halve


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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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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