halves

[ havz, hahvz ]
/ hævz, hɑvz /

noun

plural of half.

Idioms

    by halves,
    1. incompletely or partially: to do things by halves.
    2. halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves.
    go halves, to share equally; divide evenly.

Definition for halves (2 of 3)

half

[ haf, hahf ]
/ hæf, hɑf /

noun, plural halves [havz, hahvz] /hævz, hɑvz/.


adjective

adverb

Origin of half

before 900; Middle English; Old English h(e)alf; cognate with German Halb, Old Norse halfr, Gothic halbs

Grammar note

See well1.

Definition for halves (3 of 3)

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.

Origin of halve

1250–1300; Middle English halven, derivative of half

Related forms

un·halved, adjective

Can be confused

halve have
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British Dictionary definitions for halves (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for halves (2 of 2)

Related forms

Related prefixes: bi-, demi-, hemi-, semi-

Word Origin for half

Old English healf; related to Old Norse halfr, Old High German halb, Dutch half
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Idioms and Phrases with halves (1 of 2)

halves

see by halves; go halves. Also see under half.


Idioms and Phrases with halves (2 of 2)

half

In addition to the idioms beginning with half

  • half a heart, with
  • half a loaf is better than none
  • half a mind
  • half of it
  • half the battle

also see:

  • at half-mast
  • better half
  • by half
  • glass is half full
  • go halfway
  • go off (half-cocked)
  • in half
  • not bad (half bad)
  • six of one, half dozen of the other
  • time and a half
  • with half an eye

Also see underhalfwayhalves.


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