\ 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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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 Chop the celery and carrots into large pieces, and peel and halve the onion. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 Judging from a recent post on social media, fandom’s favorite average, everyday Marvel Cinematic Universe character is still alive after the population-halving Thanos snap in Avengers: Infinity War. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Good news, Thor’s roommate survived Avengers: Infinity War," 14 Aug. 2018 Peel completely and dry with paper towels; halve horizontally. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby," 9 July 2018 Suddenly, Dzyuba was presented with a golden opportunity to halve the deficit in the 74th minute, after a rare error by Muslera. SI.com, "Uruguay 3-0 Russia: World Cup Hosts Brought Crashing Down to Earth by Ruthless Uruguayans," 25 June 2018 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

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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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