halfway

1 of 2

adverb

half·​way ˈhaf-ˈwā How to pronounce halfway (audio)
ˈhäf-
: midway between two points
At length the cat steps halfway out the door, showing his spotted brown coat and the stripes on his legs.Paul Comstock

halfway

2 of 2

adjective

1
: midway between two points
at the halfway point/mark
2
: partial
a halfway solution

Examples of halfway in a Sentence

Adjective 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The unusual meeting point was a compromise of sorts, halfway between Tel Aviv, where Rappaport lived, and Raanan’s homebase in Mikhmoret, a coastal town 26 miles to the north. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 The couple is from Saltillo, a small town in Hardin County on the left bank of the Tennessee River about halfway between Memphis and Nashville. USA TODAY, 9 Apr. 2024 For instance, McQueen loves to throw in avocado, cilantro, and scallions for a dip that’s halfway between hummus and guacamole. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 5 Apr. 2024 This was in the Canadian town of London, halfway between Toronto and Detroit, where her father was a mover, her mother a nurse. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 In addition to serving as superintendent of the Socorro and San Benito districts, Carman has also been superintendent of Teague Independent School District, which serves a rural area about halfway between Dallas and Houston. The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 Things start to take a turn about halfway into the interview. Emma Roth, The Verge, 18 Mar. 2024 From there, the policemen pulled and tugged Pierson halfway across the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge that stretches across the Rio Grande, their toes nearing a yellow line on the pavement that marks the actual divide of nations. The Courier-Journal, 28 Mar. 2024 Julian insisted on climbing back up himself before collapsing halfway in a fit of hot tears, forcing me to scoop up this sweaty 27-pound sack of potatoes and lug him a quarter mile back to the car. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Mar. 2024
Adjective
The trailer was not released outside the room and comes amid the halfway point in production on the film. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 In third at the halfway point, Harris turned on the jets to edge senior Dominick Corley of Spokane (Wash.) Mead by one-hundredth of a second. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024 The proposal zipped through both chambers before the halfway point despite criticism that it was shoved through to prevent public outcry. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2024 By Friday, these trees had advanced to the halfway point of their blooming process, according to the National Mall unit of the National Park Service. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 Seavey was also the top racer at the halfway point. Victor Mather, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Seavey was the first musher to reach the Cripple checkpoint, which is the halfway point of the race, officials said Wednesday night. CBS News, 7 Mar. 2024 The Miami Marlins are at the halfway point of spring training and three weeks away from starting the 2024 season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 28. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 None of those measures has passed at the halfway point of the legislative session, while several dozen GOP proposals are still alive. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English half wey, from half half entry 2 + wey way entry 1

Adjective

derivative of halfway entry 1

First Known Use

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of halfway was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Halfway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfway. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

halfway

adjective
half·​way -ˈwā How to pronounce halfway (audio)
1
: midway between two points
stop at the halfway mark
2
: partial sense 3
halfway measures
halfway adverb

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