\ 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.

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Fitch thinks taxes would need to be halved for the company to retain enough cash either to invest in its business or pay down debt. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 Even as oil demand continues to grow and support increased profits for these companies, the share of oil and gas stocks on the S&P 500 has halved in the past six years. Akshat Rathi, Quartz, "Oil companies are confused about the future of oil," 10 July 2019 The tax credit works by halving a property’s tax obligation in the first year. Juliana Kim, baltimoresun.com, "Developers and others worry expiring tax credit could slow Baltimore city housing market," 24 June 2019 People all along the political spectrum speak highly of his decision to halve the size of elementary-school classes in disadvantaged zones, from twenty-four students to twelve. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 One big reason for the windfall is the tax cuts passed by Congress last year, which in some cases more than halved what the insurers owe the government. Zachary Tracer, Bloomberg.com, "Health Insurers Had Their Best Quarter in Years, Despite the Flu," 3 May 2018 Alex Verdugo cracked a single to center field that the sold-out crowd in attendance assumed would score Corey Seager from second base and halve the Angels’ lead with no outs. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers lose Corey Seager and get swept by Angels," 12 June 2019 General Motors has released pricing for its new carbon-composite truck bed, called CarbonPro in GMC parlance, and at the same time roughly halved estimates for its 2019 model year production. Annie White, Car and Driver, "GMC Limits the Sierra's New CarbonPro Bed to a Pricey Option Package," 20 May 2019 Slice off both ends and halve melon crosswise ...then stand up on one cut end. 2. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Cut a Watermelon Like a Pro," 6 May 2019

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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 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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