\ 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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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 The exhibition is halved to show dual paths that Kelly followed through his seven-decade career. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "The essential eye of Ellsworth Kelly in 'Line & Color' at the Norton Simon," 21 June 2018 The Thai Shrimp Salad is colorful, with shredded carrot, daikon, papaya, cucumber, and red onion, topped with crushed peanuts and a generous portion of halved, boiled shrimp. Eric Velasco, AL.com, "Ollie Irene restaurant is back and better than ever," 20 Mar. 2018 The company has battled weak sales since acquiring most of Procter & Gamble Co.’s beauty business in 2016, including CoverGirl and Clairol, and its stock has nearly halved since its initial public offering in 2013. Jaewon Kang, WSJ, "Celebrities Like Kylie Jenner Are Upending the $52 Billion Beauty Industry," 28 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, halve artichoke hearts and brown, cut sides down, in 1 tablespoon oil on medium-high, 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium; toss with 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken with Creamy Spinach and Artichokes," 24 Apr. 2018 Peel carrots, halve crosswise, and cut the thick ends in half lengthwise, if large. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Maple Roasted Carrots," 24 Oct. 2018 That output can be more than halved by dust storms. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Mars InSight Lander Just Nailed Another Major Milestone," 27 Nov. 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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to boil down or concentrate

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