Halve vs. Half

Halve vs. Half — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Halve and Half

Halveverb

To divide (something) into two equal portions or parts.

Halfnoun

One of two equal parts that together constitute a whole.

Halveverb

To lessen or reduce by half

halved the recipe to serve two.

Halfnoun

One part approximately equal to the remaining part.

Halveverb

(Informal) To share (something) equally

The twins halve everything.

Halfnoun

(Informal) A 50-cent piece.

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Halveverb

(Sports) To play (a golf game or hole) using the same number of strokes as one's opponent.

Halfnoun

One of the two playing periods into which certain games are divided.

Halveverb

(transitive) To reduce to half the original amount.

Halfnoun

A halfback.

Halveverb

(transitive) To divide into two halves.

Halfnoun

Chiefly British A school term; a semester.

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Halveverb

(transitive) To make up half of.

Halfnoun

Half an hour

a half past one.

Halveverb

To join two pieces of timber etc. by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.

Halfadjective

Being one of two equal parts.

Halveverb

In match play, to achieve a tie or draw on.

to halve a hole or a match

Halfadjective

Being approximately a half.

Halveverb

divide by two; divide into halves;

Halve the cake

Halfadjective

Partial or incomplete

gave me a half smile.

Halfadverb

To the extent of exactly or nearly 50 percent

The tank is half empty.

Halfadverb

Not completely or sufficiently; partly

only half right.

Halfadjective

Consisting of a half (1/2, 50%).

a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view

Halfadjective

Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect.

a half dream; half knowledge

Halfadjective

(of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common.

Halfadjective

(rare, of a relative other than a sibling) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two.

Halfadverb

In two equal parts or to an equal degree.

Halfadverb

In some part approximating a half.

Halfadverb

Partially; imperfectly.

half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half consciousHe does sometimes half wish to change his life, but it is too difficult.

Halfnoun

One of two usually roughly equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided.

I ate the slightly smaller half of the apple.You don't know the half of it.

Halfnoun

(sports) One of the two opposite parts of the playing field of various sports, in which each starts the game.

Halfnoun

Half of a standard measure; frequently used (British) for half a pint of beer or cider.

Halfnoun

(preceded by “a” or a number) The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.

Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.

Halfnoun

(obsolete) Part; side; behalf.

Halfnoun

Any of the three terms at Eton College, for Michaelmas, Lent, and summer.

Halfnoun

(slang) A half sibling.

Halfnoun

A child ticket.

Halfverb

To halve.

Halfpreposition

A half-hour after, thirty minutes after used with the number of the hour.

Halfnoun

one of two equal parts of a divisible whole;

half a loafhalf an houra century and one half

Halfnoun

in various games or performances: either of two periods of play separated by an interval

Halfadjective

consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity;

a half chickenlasted a half hour

Halfadjective

partial;

gave me a half smilehe did only a half job

Halfadjective

(of siblings) related through one parent only;

a half brotherhalf sister

Halfadverb

partially or to the extent of a half;

he was half hidden by the bushes