\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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To serve, halve shortcakes horizontally with a serrated knife. Virginia Willis, Country Living, "Turbinado Shortcakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream," 23 Feb. 2011 Dutch label Salle Privée halved the number of buttons with its single-breasted style. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How To Wear a Men’s Trench Without Looking Corny," 16 Oct. 2018 Croatia's state railway company halved ticket prices so fans could travel to Zagreb, while city authorities in the capital said public transportation would be free on Monday. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Tens of thousands give heroes' welcome to Croatia team," 16 July 2018 Stephenson and Sophia Schubert halved with Grant and Shannon McWilliam. BostonGlobe.com, "Dustin Johnson takes 1-shot lead at St. Jude Classic," 9 June 2018 But the hosts halved the deficit shortly before half-time after a quick counter-attack ended with Briand's shot rattling the crossbar, allowing midfielder Grenier to stab into an empty net. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Ligue 1 Recap: Thauvin late goal keeps Marseille in Champions League chase," 12 May 2018 During his decade as a lobbyist, Wheeler also represented Energy Fuels Resources, a uranium mining firm that could benefit from Trump’s December announcement to halve the size of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 But Antonio Conte would throw on Olivier Giroud in place of Alvaro Morata, and the Frenchman set things in motion with a remarkable header to halve the Saints' lead. SI.com, "Chelsea Break 16-Year Hoodoo With Remarkable 3-2 Comeback Win Against Southampton," 14 Apr. 2018 Playing her first competitive round of the tournament, Alexa Pano sank a 4-foot par putt to halve the 18th hole and defeat Courtney McKim 1 up. miamiherald, "The defending D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Champion advances | Miami Herald," 18 Jan. 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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