\ ˈhav , ˈhäv\
halved; halving

Definition of halve

transitive verb

1a : to divide into two equal parts
b : to reduce to one half halving the present cost
c : to share equally
2 golf : to play (a hole, round, or match) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent I lost the next two holes to pars, then halved the fourth by missing an easy putt.— David Owen

Examples of halve in a Sentence

The store is halving the price of many summer items.

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Peel carrots, halve crosswise, and cut the thick ends in half lengthwise, if large. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Maple Roasted Carrots," 24 Oct. 2018 That output can be more than halved by dust storms. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars InSight Lander Just Nailed Another Major Milestone," 27 Nov. 2018 Or, try this quick dessert recipe: Ground Cherry-Pineapple Crumble Serves 4 3 cups halved ground cherries 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks ½ cup sugar ½ cup blanched almonds ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup flour ½ cup brown sugar 1. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 Last year, health officials halved the length of the annual sign-up period for Americans to buy ACA health plans and also slashed by 90 percent the federal funds for advertising and other outreach efforts to urge people to enroll. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act," 7 July 2018 The Celtics, who got 22 points from rookie Jayson Tatum and 18 from Terry Rozier, roared back to life, halving Milwaukee's margin in less than 2½ minutes. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 97, Celtics 86: Giannis Antetokounmpo helps force decisive Game 7," 26 Apr. 2018 Last year AngloGold agreed to sell two mines in a deal that halved the gold producer’s South African production. Bloomberg.com, "Billionaire Agarwal Hires AngloGold's CEO to Run Vedanta," 17 Apr. 2018 By now, Apple’s volume outlook for the initial six months or so of production has roughly been halved to between 30 and 40 million units, people familiar with the matter said. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "The Phone That’s Failing Apple: iPhone XR," 6 Jan. 2019 And deliveries in the second half of 2019 would halve again, down to a tax credit of just $1,875. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bill Could Save Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of halve

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for halve

Middle English, from half half

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English Language Learners Definition of halve

: to divide (something) into two equal parts : to divide (something) into halves
: to reduce (something) to one half of the original amount or size


\ ˈhav , ˈhäv\
halved; halving

Kids Definition of halve

1 : to divide into two equal parts I halved an apple.
2 : to reduce to one half He halved the recipe.

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