\ 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 Lufthansa shares, which have nearly halved this year, closed at 8.64 euros in Frankfurt trading. Fortune, "Germany will take Lufthansa stake in landmark $9.8 billion bailout," 25 May 2020 Lufthansa's stock, which has nearly halved this year, closed at €8.64 ($9.41) in Frankfurt on Monday. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Lufthansa clinches $10 billion bailout from German government," 25 May 2020 The Affordable Care Act, which almost halved the proportion of uninsured black Americans below the age of 65, was most strongly fought by several states with large proportions of black citizens. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now," 20 May 2020 Pemex also faces a mounting fuel crisis as demand in Mexico has more than halved in recent weeks because of coronavirus containment measures. Carlos Caminada, Bloomberg.com, "AMLO’s Big Pemex Rescue Plan Hobbled by Record $23 Billion Loss," 5 May 2020 The state hardest-hit by COVID-19 on Sunday reported the number of daily deaths had more than halved from the peak. Stan Choe, The Christian Science Monitor, "As virus lockdowns lift, investors search for signs of rebounds," 27 Apr. 2020 In El Salvador the government secretly brokered a truce between gangs in 2012 that halved the murder rate. The Economist, "Lessons from a shootout in Sinaloa," 24 Oct. 2019 Since the tax law passed, the Democratic lead in the generic congressional polling has been more than halved from 13 points to a mere 6. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "When Two Tribes Go to War," 2 Feb. 2018 This year’s bleaching appears to be even more widespread than those caused by marine heat waves in 2016 and 2017, which halved the coral cover across the reef. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Lab-grown algae might help save corals from climate change," 15 May 2020

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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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2 Jun 2020

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“Halve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halve. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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