\ 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 Remove and discard the skins from the peaches, then halve the peaches, discard the pits and slice each peach into 8 slices. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Research shows eating foods that include them could halve feelings of pessimism and sadness. Cathy Garrard, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2021 To assemble and serve, halve the avocados lengthwise, remove the pits, and peel away the skins. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Mar. 2021 In 2017, the Obama administration asked the National Academy of Sciences for strategies to halve child poverty in the United States and bring it closer to the rates in other rich nations. Tim Smeeding, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2021 Due to space constraints, the Rubin’s Elena Pakhoutova worked with the organizers to halve the original number of works to just shy of 40. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 12 May 2021 According to a study by Morgan Stanley, in 2000 there were 60 splits or reverse splits—a maneuver when companies with very low prices halve their share counts to double their prices—and less than 10 last year. Oliver Staley, Quartz, 8 May 2021 The President wants the country to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 Zest 2 teaspoons lemon peel into a bowl, then halve both lemons. Whitney Otawka, Country Living, 17 Mar. 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Halve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halve. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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