\ 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 In addition, food retailers and manufacturers in the U.S. and elsewhere — including Kroger, Walmart, Wegmans, Kellogg Co. and PepsiCo — have made commitments to halve food loss and waste in their own operations by 2030. Los Angeles Times, "1.3 billion tons of food being wasted each year. Can we stop it?," 29 Aug. 2019 The company agreed in the settlement to halve its consumption of those kinds of products by the end of 2021. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Carnival, Under Court Order, Gives Compliance Unit More Independence," 8 July 2019 Once the skins are removed, pull or cut out the stems, halve the peppers lengthwise, and scrape out all the seeds and any pith. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'reluctant' Israeli chef's messy journey to success," 20 Mar. 2018 The drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil processing facility halved the kingdom’s oil production, according to Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, slashing it by some 5.7 million barrels per day. Los Angeles Times, "California gas prices will probably rise after attack on Saudi oil plant," 16 Sep. 2019 Reported on 13 September at a meeting in Toyama, Japan, the new result halves the previous limit of 2 eV. Physicists have tried to measure the neutrino’s mass for decades. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Massive, blimplike experiment lowers weight limit on neutrino," 16 Sep. 2019 But after hitting a critical sales threshold, the California carmaker’s incentives were cut to $3,750 last January, and halved again in July. NBC News, "Some states are charging extra for drivers who buy electric vehicles," 13 Sep. 2019 This exercise halves the rate of hamstring injuries when included in injury-prevention programs, according to the latest research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 Attendance dipped following the election of Mr. Trump, Ewiess told CBS News, then nearly halved in March following two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "A shaken mosque welcomes Beto O'Rourke in New Hampshire," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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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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