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

Definition of halfway

1 : midway between two points
2 : partial

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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 But Florida is still only halfway to herd immunity — when enough people have antibodies to COVID-19 that the virus stops spreading easily through the community. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "In Central Florida, vaccine demand is waning. Is hesitancy to blame?," 22 Apr. 2021 Two weeks into this season, Laureano is nearly halfway to that figure. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's Elvis Andrus glad to see Ramón Laureano off and running," 16 Apr. 2021 Their best player, third baseman Rafael Devers, is suddenly halfway to free agency. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Returning to a Red Sox team he may not recognize, Alex Cora faces daunting task," 6 Nov. 2020 The Dodgers are halfway to that goal after jumping former October nemesis Charlie Morton and never letting up in a 6-2 Game 3 victory on Friday night, earning them a 2-1 Series lead. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As Dodgers take command of World Series, they find key to October success: 'Put pride to the side'," 24 Oct. 2020 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

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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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5 May 2021

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“Halfway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halfway. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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