\ 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 Overall, spare capacity is set to almost halve to 1.7 million barrels a day next year, another report commissioned by OPEC said. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 Over the past 20 years, the foundation’s efforts have helped halve the fraction of people worldwide living in extreme poverty, Bill Gates wrote in a letter accompanying the announcement. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 13 July 2022 But things might be about to get better with new rules introduced Wednesday that should halve tourist traffic on the road -- while causing havoc with people's vacations. Julia Buckley, CNN, 15 June 2022 Automakers are funneling billions into new battery designs that could halve charging times and double the range of current options. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2022 Limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C (about 2.5 degrees F) will halve this exposure, but millions in the region will still be vulnerable to extreme heat stress. Brooke Bowser, Scientific American, 10 May 2022 Oracle has set a target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and to halve their greenhouse gas emissions across their value chain by 2030. Steve Banker, Forbes, 1 June 2022 As part of its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century, the 27-nation bloc wants to halve the use of pesticides by 2030. Samuel Petrequin, ajc, 24 May 2022 But the low-energy scenarios require the global vehicle fleet to nearly halve during the same period of time, shrinking to about 850 million cars and light trucks by 2050. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Halve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halve. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for halve


\ 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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