\ ˈhav How to pronounce halve (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The proposals reflect growing congressional concern that Mr. Trump’s plan to halve U.S. troop levels in Germany would weaken the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Lawmakers Move to Block Trump From Pulling U.S. Troops From Germany," 30 June 2020 Airlines worldwide are likely to lose $84 billion and see their revenues halve this year, according to the International Air Transport Association, which expects 2020 to go down as the worst year financially in the history of aviation. Angus Whitley, Fortune, "Bain Capital makes a giant bet on the beleaguered airline industry," 26 June 2020 More than 50 Irish companies are following through on a 2015 pledge to halve their carbon footprints. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Argentina works to combat anti-Semitism, and more," 19 June 2020 The pandemic has shattered businesses from retail to tourism and automobiles, with Indonesia’s economic growth now forecast to halve to 2.3% from a year earlier and even contract 0.4% in a worst-case scenario. Tassia Sipahutar, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Shock Sparks Profit Warnings From Indonesian Firms," 2 June 2020 To Sanjay Raja, an economist at Deutsche Bank AG, a no-deal Brexit would halve the pace of growth next year to 1.5%. Jill Ward, Bloomberg.com, "No-Deal Brexit Threat Looms Over Pandemic-Ravaged U.K.," 1 June 2020 Lufthansa shares, which have nearly halved this year, closed at 8.64 euros in Frankfurt trading. Fortune, "Germany will take Lufthansa stake in landmark $9.8 billion bailout," 25 May 2020 Lufthansa's stock, which has nearly halved this year, closed at €8.64 ($9.41) in Frankfurt on Monday. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Lufthansa clinches $10 billion bailout from German government," 25 May 2020 The Affordable Care Act, which almost halved the proportion of uninsured black Americans below the age of 65, was most strongly fought by several states with large proportions of black citizens. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now," 20 May 2020

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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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The first known use of halve was in the 13th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Halve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halve. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce halve (audio) , 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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