\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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When cool enough to handle, halve each potato lengthwise. Robin Currie, Philly.com, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 The researchers also estimated that men who halved their alcohol consumption — from about 14 drinks per week to about seven — might gain one to two years in life expectancy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much," 24 Apr. 2018 In mid-February the same pollster showed Saccone’s lead as halved (46/40). Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Lamb Surge: Democrat Looking Strong in Trump-Country Special Election," 5 Mar. 2018 The 13-year-old from Lake Worth also won the 17th hole and halved the 18th for a 1-up victory over Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois. miamiherald, "Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship: Finals set for Friday | Miami Herald," 18 Jan. 2018 The currency is plummeting, with the unofficial value of the rial, which most Iranians are forced to trade, nearly halving since January. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018 Management fees were nearly halved to $1.6 million and admistrative expenses dropped by $1.4 million. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's 10-year-old convention hotel finally makes a profit," 27 June 2018 First halve zucchini and summer squash, salt them, and let the water drain. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "This Marinated Zucchini Recipe Is Changing the Way I Make All Vegetables," 12 June 2018 The company, which almost halved net industrial debt in the first quarter, reported wider profit margins than Ford during the period and now has its sights on General Motors. Tommaso Ebhardt, Bloomberg.com, "Fiat CEO Is Ready to Abandon Making Mass-Market Cars in Italy," 18 May 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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