half·​way | \ ˈhaf-ˈwā How to pronounce halfway (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halfway

1 : midway between two points

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Gleaners is nearly halfway to meeting a $1 million challenge from the Anthem Foundation, which helped support the campaign’s start. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana named Official Charitable Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," 29 Sep. 2020 His seven home runs in 26 games are nearly halfway to his career best of 18, in 110 games in 2017. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's half-season All-Stars: The NL and AL's greatest hits at the 30-game mark," 25 Aug. 2020 On Thursday morning, 18-year-old Vitoria Mario was nearly halfway to her fundraising goal to cover her university tuition. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Donates Over $30,000 to Help 'Young Black 18 Year Old with a Dream' Pay Tuition," 20 Aug. 2020 Six years into a seven-year regional housing plan to ensure units of all incomes and types are built, none of the 10 Ventura County cities are even halfway to meeting allocations for people on low and very-low income incomes. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: The governor urges peace; the president warns of a military intervention," 2 June 2020 The pandemic has led many people to find themselves in a halfway stage—furlough. The Economist, "Bartleby Waging war on recessions," 20 June 2020 That’s exactly halfway to Mays, who had 250 to that point (and also lost a season to military service). Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB may look more like a sprint in 2020; who's hurt the most in an abbreviated season?," 1 June 2020 As a halfway measure, OnlyFans introduced a mute button, which allows content creators to prevent annoying users from messaging them directly, but still retain them as subscribers. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world OnlyFans: a day in the life of a top(less) creator," 10 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, apps allow us to connect seamlessly with people halfway round the world at the expense of those next to us on the bus or in a restaurant. Anna Davies, Quartz, "Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Oct 2020

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“Halfway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfway. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce halfway (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of halfway

: in the middle between two points
informal : not total or complete


half·​way | \ ˈhaf-ˈwā How to pronounce halfway (audio) , 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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