\ 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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Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, halve lengthwise, then slice crosswise. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spaghetti with Roasted Chicken and Peppers," 4 Aug. 2017 But our server offered it to us as a full-sized burger on brioche and asked the kitchen to halve it for us. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018 The government is aiming to halve the amount of food thrown away by its 17 million people to become the first country in Europe to meet this global development goal by 2030. Thin Lei Win, The Christian Science Monitor, "Netherlands turns food waste into new products," 30 Mar. 2018 Cranberry-Orange Compote Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, washed and halved or 1 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup water 1 whole orange 1/3 cup superfine sugar Method: Quarter the orange. Fox News, "Gail Simmons' Holiday Desserts," 10 Dec. 2010 Under a Finance Ministry plan released this week, the maximum central-government subsidy for an electric car is being more than halved, cut to 27,500 yuan from 66,000 yuan (roughly $4,100 from $9,830) starting in June. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China to Reduce the Juice for Electric-Car Sales," 27 Mar. 2019 Manotas did halve the deficit in extra time, scoring his ninth league goal of the season, but the goal looked to be too late before the Swiss defender tied the game. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Philippe Senderos' goal in extra time pulls Dynamo to draw with Los Angeles FC," 4 July 2018 Meanwhile, federal tax credits will be halved again on July 1 and eliminated for Tesla at the end of the year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Shocks Are Piling up at Tesla," 18 Jan. 2019 Strawberries: Strawberries were halved to produce more opportunity for the smoke to penetrate. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 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 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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