half·way | \ˈhaf-ˈwā, ˈhäf-\

Definition of halfway 

1 : midway between two points

2 : partial

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Other Words from halfway

halfway adverb

Examples of halfway in a Sentence

She was leading at the halfway mark of the race. We're halfway toward completing the project. They're only offering halfway measures, not a real solution.
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The Pacers are halfway home to pulling off the series upset up 2-1 thanks to a game-high 30 points from Bojan Bogdanvoic. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Bogdanovic catches fire, Pacers regain series lead in stunning comeback vs. Cavs," 20 Apr. 2018 That's a respectable number but not even halfway home. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "The Indians reached a compromise on Wahoo that should placate fans (but probably won't) -- Bud Shaw," 29 Jan. 2018 The Toffees' skipper has now notched nine Premier League goals this campaign and picked up the November goal of the month award following his stupendous halfway line strike against West Ham last month. SI.com, "Wayne Rooney Finally Speaks Out on His Drink-Driving Shame Claiming it Was a 'Stupid Mistake'," 17 Dec. 2017 Alex Wood Series: Houston leads 2-1 in best-of-7 Preview A perfect fit in their own place, the Houston Astros are halfway home. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Astros vs. Dodgers 2017 live stream, score updates; World Series Game 4 time, TV channel, watch online," 28 Oct. 2017 Castellanos, also a finalist for The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2017, earned recognition for her halfway line strike for Venezuela against Cameroon at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016. SI.com, "Castellanos, Giroud & Masuluke Named as Final Three for 2017 FIFA Puskás Award," 9 Oct. 2017 The halfway moment strikes a cool chord as summer's sweltering last days simmer to a close. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Has a Foolproof Bob Strategy for the Last Days of Summer," 23 Aug. 2017 Twenty-five years after the fall of communism, Western Balkan countries have become halfway democracies and the region struggles with ethnic, religious and nationalist tensions. Ingrid Bego, Washington Post, "Why are the Western Balkans in crisis? These are the three primary tensions.," 26 June 2017 The halfway house program enables convicts nearing the end of incarceration to work at jobs in the community during the day and sleep at the work-release facility. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany sheriff to reduce staff by 13 percent to offset tax loss," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of halfway

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of halfway was in 1694

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English Language Learners Definition of halfway

: in the middle between two points

: not total or complete


half·way | \ˈhaf-ˈwā, ˈhäf-\

Kids Definition of halfway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: at or to half the distance Open the door halfway.



Kids Definition of halfway (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : midway between two points Stop at the halfway mark.

2 : partial sense 1 They took only halfway measures to help.

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one that holds something together

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